- Naomi Osaka, who won the 2018 US Open title over the weekend, says a home video has come back to “haunt” her.
- The 10-year-old video shows Osaka, 20, triumph in back-to-back chopsticks-pickup games.
- The competition involves two people, and the idea is to pick up small coffee beans with chopsticks and drop them, one by one, into a mug. The winner is the one who finishes first.
- Watch the video below.
Naomi Osaka has been thrust into the media spotlight since she beat Serena Williams in straight sets at the US Open on Saturday, becoming Japan’s first tennis player to win a Grand Slam title.
Osaka, 20, won after the American notably received a hat trick of violations for coaching, smashing her racket, and what the tournament’s referee office described as “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire.
Since then, news has emerged that Osaka is set to sign the biggest sponsorship deal Adidas has ever had with a women’s tennis player, potentially making her one of the highest-paid women in sports.
And recently, a 10-year-old home video emerged that shows Osaka playing two chopsticks-pickup games.
The competition involves two people sitting opposite each other at a table. The idea is to pick up small coffee beans with chopsticks and drop them, one by one, into a mug. The winner is the one who finishes first.
Osaka wins both times – showing that she was perhaps always destined to be a champion.
“I always knew this would come back to haunt me,” she said on Twitter. “I just never knew when.”
Osaka tweeted the video, which you can watch below:
You may know that Naomi Osaka is the 2018 U.S. Open champion.
But 10 years ago, in a home movie, she was already a winner.
Warning: adorable as heck. pic.twitter.com/BEGLYEzbcL
— History of Tennis (@HistoryOfTennis) September 13, 2018
Osaka has described Williams as one of her childhood idols. Their match on Saturday was characterised by chaos, though, and some in the crowd in New York booed during the trophy ceremony.
“I felt a little bit sad, because I wasn’t really sure if they were booing at me or if it wasn’t the outcome that they wanted,”she said on the “Today” show this week. “I also could sympathize, because I’ve been a fan of Serena my whole life, and I knew how badly the crowd wanted her to win.”
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