Tennis can be a thrilling sport in and of itself, so when an upset happens… it’s peak excitement! People love rooting for the underdog in general, so upsets are popular in any competition.
Meet Naomi Osaka. Osaka is a 19-year-old 6th seed (No. 45) Haitian-Japanese tennis player. Recently, Osaka’s life changed in a moment after she pulled a huge upset and defeated reigning U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber. And this happened in the first round with Osaka as a wild card.
Not only did she win, but she blew Kerber out of the water: 6-3, 6-1. Game, set, match!
No one saw this coming:
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2017
This win is Osaka’s first against a top 10 player in her career. Plus, she now holds a 6-1 career record in Grand Slam first round matches. Superstar!
Unsurprisingly, Osaka really looks up to Serena Williams. And Williams is out here giving her props. “I have seen her play. She’s really young and really aggressive. She’s a really good, talented player. Very dangerous,” Williams said of Osaka, who recorded a 125 mph serve at the 2016 U.S. Open, which is something only eight other women have done. Osaka is winning all around!
Given her young age, Osaka is definitely someone to watch! I think we got another tennis star on our hands!
Source: USA Today
What do you think of Osaka’s surprise win? Do you think she has the potential to reach Williams sisters level?