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Naomi Osaka Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Sister Mari Osaka, And We’ve Got The Feels

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Naomi Osaka Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Sister Mari Osaka, And We’ve Got The Feels

Recently, 4-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka opened up on her older sister Mari Osaka’s retirement from tennis, and we’ve got the feels. The current World No. 2, who clinched her second Australian Open title this year, credited her sibling for being the player that she is today.

Speaking to a press pool ahead of the Miami Open, on Tuesday, the 23-year-old Japanese superstar reaffirmed a statement she made at her first WTA presser at 2014 Stanford.

Naomi Osaka on win over sister Mari

Osaka said that she may have beaten the best in the game, including idol and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, but the win over her sister still ranks as her most cherished.

Tongue firmly in cheek, Osaka said that after being at the receiving end of the defeat most of their childhood, it was nice to get one back over her sibling.

“It’s a special moment to be losing to someone for, like, your whole childhood and then get to beat them.”

And while nothing compares to beating her sister, Osaka was quick to add:

“She’s the reason why I started playing tennis.”

She also mentioned that though it’s “sad” that Mari said her goodbye to the game, it wasn’t a decision that took her entirely by surprise.

Naomi Osaka

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

The reigning US Open champion added that her sister is “so good at so many different things” and she wishes her happiness and success in everything she does going forward.

“Of course, it (Mari’s retirement) was a sad moment for our entire family. But it’s something that you could kind of feel coming.”

The Miami Open will mark Osaka’s return to action since lifting the championship trophy at the 2021 Australian Open.

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