Naomi Osaka Says She Does Not Have Regrets Over Serena Williams Action in The US Open Final

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Naomi Osaka has revealed that Serena Williams’s actions with the umpire during the U.S. Open final had not affected her feelings about winning a Grand Slam largely because she had no idea how she was supposed to react, the Japanese said on Thursday.

The 20-year-old melted hearts when she broke down sobbing after thrashing her idol 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion in New York last weekend.

“For me, I don’t feel sad because I wouldn’t even know what I’m expected to feel,” she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.

“Because it was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot.

“I don’t think I even thought about feeling sad because there’s no experience for me to draw on (from) any other Grand Slam final.”

 

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