Naomi Osaka talks Crush on Michael B. Jordan & Controversial #USOpen Final

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During an appearance on Ellen, Osaka also explained how she remained composed while Williams flipped out on umpire Carlos Ramos, and how she feels as the reigning champ.

Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka joins #Nissan as brand ambassador.

The 20-year-old Japanese star's monster endorsement deal with Adidas will reportedly be worth more than AU$14 million per year, which would make her the company's highest-paid women's athlete.

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka told DeGeneres. "So I was really happy with what she said".

"I don't think I even thought about feeling sad because there's no experience for me to draw on (from) any other Grand Slam final".

Despite the drama that plagued their final set, Osaka and Williams put on a beautifully unified front during the awards ceremony, with Williams even whispering affirmations to Osaka before the game ended.

Her 36-year-old opponent cleared that up for her with a whisper in her ear during the trophy presentation. Osaka, who became the first-ever Japanese-born Grand Slam victor, said she was crying when she heard the boos, because she thought they were aimed at her.

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Public attitudes are slowly changing as Japanese society becomes more integrated with the global economy, and the emergence of more ethnically mixed celebrities, especially in sport, is helping. As for why she felt the need to apologize for winning, well, Osaka still isn't sure.

"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly.

Osaka, now ranked seventh in the world, is aiming to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore at the end of the season.

She was signed as a brand ambassador for Nissan, which also has a personal touch for the Japanese-born Osaka.

"I have definitely been thinking about if little kids were watching and they wanted to play tennis too", she said.

"So hopefully I can be that role model".

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