“Do you think he’s trying?” – Serena Williams effortlessly floored young Naomi Osaka as she talked about her size

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have met four times in their careers so far. Even though Osaka had the better head-to-head record against Serena, both always bring extra energy to the court.

In 2018, Serena faced Osaka for the first time in her career at the Miami Open. Earlier, the Japanese player talked about facing Serena in a dream match because she always wanted to face her. However, after the match against Serena, Osaka talked about her unusual experience facing the legendary American tennis player.


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Naomi Osaka spoke for the first time about her experience with Serena Williams

At the press conference after the match Osaka everyone was laughing at her cheerful and witty answers. Speaking about playing Serena in the opening round, Osaka was in awe of her idol Serena as he said, Sometimes he plays matches where he doesn’t say ‘come’ at all. And that’s kind of sad because it’s like: Do you think he’s trying? I just wanted her to say ‘come’ once because I knew she might try a little. So as soon as I heard the first ‘come on’ I was like, Yeah!

Later, Osaka’s coach at the time, Sascha Bajin, talked about her amazing personality during interviews, talking about her being genuine. She’s just real. She’s just being herself and I think that’s very refreshing for a lot of people. Unfortunately, many people in this world begin to fake emotions to not only protect themselves, but to keep people away from them. Bajin said.

Remarkably, Osaka completely destroyed Serena in his first ever match at the Miami Open; final score it was 6-3,6-2 in favor of the Japanese player. Although Osaka attended the press conference, Serena did not. She was therefore fined $1,000 by the WTA.

The infamous meeting between Osaka and Serena at the US Open


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Although the first meeting between Osaka and Serena was less dramatic, the second meeting had plenty of drama. This time they met in the US Open final in 2018. It’s safe to say that the pressure was on Serena as she went for a record 24th Grand Slam title. While Osaka was relatively new at that stage, fighting for her first ever Grand Slam title.

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From the start, Osaka played fearless tennis as she won the first set in no time. Then things got a little out of hand as the presiding umpire, Carlos Ramos, committed a coaching foul against Serena, which angered the American when she confronted the umpire about it. Later, Serena received a second code violation for breaking her racket, which resulted in a point penalty.


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Japan’s Naomi Osaka cries after winning the women’s singles final alongside second-seeded Serena Williams of the United States on day 13 of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in Flushing, Queens. borough of New York City. (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Despite the second violation, Serena continued to argue as she called the head referee a “thief”, leading to another code violation. As a result, she received a match penalty, which put her in a difficult position to return to the match. In the end, Osaka won the match in straight sets to claim her first Grand Slam title. As for Serena, she is still looking for her 24th Grand Slam title, as we will see her at the US Open in 2022.

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