Naomi Osaka Meets Idol Beyoncé , Says “She Smelled Expensive”
Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka has revealed her excitement at meeting her idol Beyoncé. According to her, US singer Queen Bee “smelled expensive”. She also gave Osaka a morale-boosting pep talk at a low point last year.
The two-time Grand Slam champion will defend her Australian Open title this month. She bumped into Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z while still “depressed” after losing in the fourth round at the US Open.
Osaka told the WTA website:
“I met Beyoncé and Jay-Z during the off-season. She just smelled expensive and beautiful and she was soft and she hugged me. I was like, this is what heaven is.”
The meeting with Beyoncé came in the aftermath of Naomi Osaka’s defeat at Flushing Meadow to Belinda Bencic, which ended her first Grand Slam title defence.
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The 22-year-old, who stunned Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open final, said:
“She was talking to me and she said she was proud of me. I thought, wow, that actually was a really important moment.
“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 hired a new coach in the off-season, Wim Fissette, having split with Jermaine Jenkins following the US Open. She then said she was raring to go after injury at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen abruptly cut her 2019 season short.
She will play her first match of the year at the Brisbane International against 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.
“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.”
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