In an interview with CBS, defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka has spoken about her love for New York City - and her respect for the woman she beat in the 2018 final, Serena Williams.
WTA Staff
August 25, 2019

As she returns to the scene of her first Grand Slam win, World No.1 Naomi Osaka has spoken about her love for New York City - and the woman she beat to win the 2018 US Open, Serena Williams.

"I think New York is home," the 21-year-old said in an interview with CBS. "Whenever I come back I feel instantly comfortable."

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She also talked about achieving her childhood ambitions of winning tournaments and reaching the pinnacle of the rankings, saying: "It's always been a dream. We want to win Grand Slams, we want to be No.1."

She looked back on her triumph in Flushing Meadows last year - and admitted that she is still too shy to talk to Serena Williams, who is one of her idols.

"I have this huge respect for her," she said, before adding: "I don't say hi to her or anything - I get so nervous!"

Top seed Osaka begins her US Open campaign this year against Anna Blinkova of Russia on Tuesday.