A devastated Naomi Osaka has addressed her post-match victory speech stuff-up that added insult to injury for beaten finalist Jennifer Brady.
Now Naomi Osaka knows why everyone was laughing.
After thumping Jennifer Brady in straight sets in Saturday night’s Australian Open final, the newly minted four-time grand slam champion delivered an eloquent speech that showed how far she’s come from a shy, awkward starlet to the leader of women’s tennis.
But with one twist.
After asking Brady whether she preferred to be called Jennifer or Jenny, the American answered “Jenny”. However, Osaka turned back to the microphone and opened with: “Firstly, I want to congratulate Jennifer.”
The one-liner — accidental as it may have been — made the internet crack up.
Tennis writer Ricky Dimon tweeted a video of the moment and wrote: “I still can’t get over how accidentally SAVAGE this was.”
While the snub may have added insult to injury, Osaka was horrified to learn she’d completely ignored Brady’s direction.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday afternoon, Osaka wrote “OMG no” with crying and sad emojis.
“I promise you my mind thought I called her Jenny in that moment and I was so confused why the crowd was laughing. I’m so sorry,” she said.
We don’t think anyone will be holding the slip of the tongue against Osaka, who now has two Australian Open crowns to go with her two US Open titles.
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During her press conference, Osaka promised not to be weighed down by “pressure and expectation” after her latest victory sparked talk she could end up winning 10 grand slams.
Osaka becomes only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, and will rise to second in the world rankings.
The 23-year-old sensation is now seen as the dominant force in women’s tennis, a view shared by seven-time slam winner Mats Wilander, who believes Osaka can win 10 grand slams.
“I’m taking it in sections. For right now, I’m trying to go for five,” Osaka said, when asked about Wilander’s comment.
“After five I would think about maybe dividing the 10, so maybe seven or eight.
“I don’t like to take things big-picture. For me, I like to live in the moment.
“It’s an honour that he said that. But I don’t want to weigh myself down with pressure and expectations.”
Osaka has proven to be irresistible on hard courts after now winning twice at Melbourne Park and Flushing Meadows.
But she’s struggled elsewhere, having never made it past the third round on the French Open’s clay or Wimbledon’s grass courts.
“I feel like I have to get comfortable on those surfaces,” she said. “I didn’t grow up playing on grass at all.
“I honestly think I’d have better luck on clay, because I think last year I didn’t play bad at all.”