Tennis participant Naomi Osaka of Japan poses for photographs after a sightseeing experience in a helicopter on the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane on January 2, 2020, forward of the Brisbane International tennis match beginning on January 6. SAEED KHAN / AFP
Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka has revealed her pleasure at assembly her idol Beyonce, saying the US singer “smelled expensive” and gave her a morale-boosting pep discuss at a low level final 12 months.
The two-time Grand Slam champion, who can be defending her Australian Open title this month, ran into Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z whereas nonetheless “depressed” after shedding within the fourth spherical on the US Open.
“I met Beyonce and Jay-Z during the off-season. She just smelled expensive and beautiful and she was soft and she hugged me,” Osaka informed the WTA web site. “I was like, this is what heaven is.”
The assembly got here within the aftermath of Osaka’s defeat at Flushing Meadow to Belinda Bencic, which ended her first Grand Slam title defence.
“She was talking to me and she said she was proud of me. I thought, wow, that actually was a really important moment,” stated the 22-year-old, who surprised Serena Williams within the 2018 US Open last.
“I felt really depressed after I lost my match, but I’m thinking about the impact that tennis players — I don’t think we know, I don’t think we’re aware of all the good that we can do.
“That was kind of an eye-opening thing. Even though it was one of my worst points, to lose — I wanted to be a defending champion and I lost early — there’s still something really good that came out of that.
“There are some things that I have to remember are out of my control, especially past events. So I just have to put myself in a position to not regret anything.”
Osaka employed a brand new coach within the low season, Wim Fissette, having break up with Jermaine Jenkins following the US Open, and stated she was raring to go after her 2019 season was abruptly reduce quick by harm on the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.
She is about to play her first match of the 12 months on the Brisbane International in opposition to Maria Sakkari on Tuesday.
“I just feel like for me having positive energy and having a clean mental slate is really important, so that’s what I did this entire off-season,” she stated.
“I mean, I trained, but I wasn’t super pressed on anything. That’s just something I had to learn throughout the entire year.
“I feel like 2019 had so many trials and errors and all in all it felt like a very long year, but now that I’m here it feels very compact. It’s learning about myself more.”