She was probably meant to fall to her knees, arms raised with fists clenched. She was probably meant to be overcome with the emotion of making history not only for herself, but for an entire nation. She was probably meant to cry during her acceptance speech. She was certainly, however, meant to feel on top of the world during it all.
Naomi Osaka had made history – and it was against her hero Serena Williams, just as she had hoped it would be. But the Grand Slam victory she had dreamt about since she was a kid was overshadowed both by the ferocity of her opponents winning mentality, and a lack of consistency in the sport’s rulebook.
The first of these is what probably drew her to Williams. The latter she could do nothing about. Both combined meant that Osaka was denied the feeling of pure joy that should be her given right on winning her first Grand Slam title, and the first ever by a Japanese tennis player. Read more