Tennis Grand Slam Champ Naomi Osaka is Nissan’s New Brand Ambassador

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Osaka, 20, shot to global fame on Saturday when she defeated 36-year-old American Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows to become the first Japanese player to claim a Grand Slam singles crown.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed in the statement, but a spokesman said the contract would be for three years, Bloomberg reports.

Nissan says Osaka will appear in global promotions and advertising for Nissan.

"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", Osaka said at a contract signing event at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama.

The 20-year-old Japanese-Haitian player beat Serena Williams in straight sets at the 2018 US Open during a dramatic showdown on September 8 which saw the American veteran get slapped with a hat-trick of code violations for receiving coaching, smashing a racket, and for verbal abuse.

Osaka admits that she is superstitious with regards to the music she tunes in to before her matches. "I don't think I'm a mix of three whatever, I just think I am me".

"Because it was my first final and my first grand slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot".

The Times reports her contract renewal with the brand is worth approximately $8.5 million.

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But the company has been quick to add her to its "Creators Unite" campaign. Sports, the deal is set to be sealed later this week, possibly placing Osaka second to Serena, and above Caroline Wozniacki, on Forbes' list of highest-paid women in sports.

Due to her stellar rise in popularity, the young athlete is also expected to land more endorsement deals in addition to her current sponsors which include Yonex, Citizen and Nissin Foods.

The Grand Slam champion made a decision to join Nissan because she looks up to the brand's strong Japanese DNA and competitive spirit.

She has done so much for her ferocious serve as her down-to-earth humility.

"It's just who I am ..."

"But if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is not very Japanese".

"I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that".

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