TOKYO, Japan - Sixteen-year-old Naomi Osaka, who burst into prominence with a breakthrough win against Samantha Stosur at the Bank Of The West Classic in Stanford in the summer, met some of her Japanese fans this week at an autograph session at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
"This is only my second autograph session - the first was at Stanford after I beat Sam Stosur," Osaka said. "I'm a pretty shy person generally, but of course it's really nice to meet the fans."
Ranked No.406 in the world and having come out of qualies, Osaka made headlines with that win over Stosur - her first Top 20 win, and in the first WTA main draw match of her career, as well.
She's hoping to play well on her home turf in a few weeks - in her namesake city of Osaka.
"My goal right now is to play well at the WTA event in Osaka a couple of weeks from now," she said.
"I'm hoping to get my ranking high enough for qualifying at the Australian Open.
At the aforementioned run in Stanford, Osaka would go out to Andrea Petkovic in the second round after her win over Stosur. Check out highlights from her match against Petkovic above.