#AceSportReport – Sept.09: She was later in tears waiting to be given her trophy as the partisan crowd booed the match officials: The 20-year-old was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father but was raised in the US #AceSportsDesk report
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Ms Osaka on Twitter, thanking her for “giving Japan a boost of inspiration at this time of hardship” – an apparent reference to last week’s Hokkaido earthquake in northern Japan that killed more than 20 people.
— 安倍晋三 (@AbeShinzo) 12:27 AM – Sep 9, 2018
Tennis is less popular than other sports such as baseball, football and sumo wrestling in Japan, but after her win the Yomiuri newspaper said Ms Osaka was a “new heroine Japan can be proud of”.
“The combination of her strength and childlike innocence is her charm,” the newspaper said.
Ms Osaka faced hostility during what should have been a moment of joy as boos and whistles rang out around the Arthur Ashe stadium, and lowered the visor she had been wearing to hide her tears.
From boos to cheers. An emotional and powerful moment for Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams at the US Open podium. ()
— ESPN (@espn) 12:11 AM – Sep 9, 2018
Ms Williams then put her arm around her and said: “Let’s make this the best moment we can, let’s give everyone the credit where credit’s due and let’s not boo any more.”
“I know everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry it had to end like this,” said Ms Osaka. “I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”
She said it was “always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals,” and, addressing her opponent, she said: “I’m really grateful I was able to play with you.”
She then bowed, to applause from the crowd.
ALLSPORT/GETTYMs Osaka is the first Japanese player to win a grand slam title
Ms Osaka – who also holds US citizenship – is the latest dual heritage athlete to rise to prominence in Japan, which has traditionally viewed itself as an ethnically homogenous society.
She along with sprinter Asuka Cambridge, baseball player Yu Darvish and judo star Mashu Baker are helping change public attitudes: Renho breaks glass ceiling in Japan
“Japanese are getting more accustomed to people from other cultures,” Hirotaka Matsuoka, a professor of sports marketing at Waseda University in Tokyo, told Reuters.
Ariana Miyamoto Half-Indian woman crowned Miss Japan was crowned Miss Japan in 2015 – and set off a heated debate: The beauty contest winner making Japan look at itself
“If an athlete isn’t half-hearted and really makes it clear they are representing Japan, then the public will support them.”
About one in 50 Japanese newborns is mixed race but the “hafu” – the Japanese term for a bi-racial person – still face prejudice………………Naomi Osaka’s US Open win wows Japan ➖ @bbcnewsasia- https://t.me/BBCNewsAsia/3606
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