On Saturday, tennis participant Naomi Osaka was all that was trending on social media as she gained the US Open Girls’s Singles remaining in opposition to Victoria Azarenka! That is now Osaka’s second US Open title and her third general title, having gained the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open. To not point out, she went down in historical past on Saturday because the youngest lady to win her third main title since Maria Sharapova in 2008!
All through her seven matches, Naomi Osaka used her sports activities model and platform as a star participant to shine a light-weight on the injustices plaguing the Black neighborhood and honor her influences like her familial roots and the late Kobe Bryant:
She was noticed at every of her matches carrying face masks bearing the names of police brutality victims together with Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Philando Castile, Ahmaud Arbery, and Elijan McClain.
Naomi Osaka additionally honored Kobe Bryant by carrying a Lakers jersey together with his quantity after every match, expressing by how the late basketball participant “gave her power”. Bryant served as an influential determine to many individuals together with Osaka who was mentored by the basketball legend.
Lastly, Naomi Osaka celebrated her win within the finals by honoring and exhibiting appreciation for her Japenese-Haitian heritage. In a tweet, she thanked her ancestors, “I want to thank my ancestors as a result of everytime I keep in mind their blood runs by means of my veins I’m reminded that I can’t lose.” She commemorated the second in a conventional costume and head wrap.
Congratulations to Naomi Osaka and her win!