Naomi Osaka, the 2018 US Open Women’s Singles champion, returned home to her native Japan, where she attended a press conference in Yokohama, Kanagawa on Thursday, September 13. Here she receives a flower bouquet from Koki Ando, president and chief executive officer of Nissin Foods Holdings Co.

Osaka wore traditional Japanese attire during her press conference which was arranged by one of her Japanese sponsors, Nissin Foods.

She defeated tennis superstar Serena Williams, 36, in a controversial women’s finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Before departing from the United States on Wednesday, the 20-year-old tennis phenom dropped by the Ellen Show, where she revealed to Ellen Degeneres what Williams whispered to her after the match.

“She said [she] was proud of me and to know the crowd weren’t booing at me,” Osaka said.

Osaka also explained that her Japanese upbringing helped her to remain calm while her opponent, Williams, raged at chair umpire Carlos Ramos after he gave Osaka 5 decisive points in the second set during the women’s finals.

“When you are little, you are taught not to look when the opponent gets angry, you are told to turn around and try and focus,” said Osaka. “In my mind I really wanted to know what was going on. I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises and I really wanted to turn around.”

Osaka signed a mega $10 million per year deal with sportswear giant Adidas.

Photos by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images, Kento Nara/Future Image/WENN.com

  • Victorious82

    That Asian and black mixing doesn’t always yield bombshell results like folks want you to believe. ?????

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    My Haitian-Japanese sister is a fashion travesty. We need to find her a new stylist & hairdresser ASAP.

  • Karen Brady

    Didn’t read but Congrats young lady. Also her outfit is very ‘Asian’.

  • Karen Brady

    Okay.. I was preparing myself to get some shade for my comment.

  • Karen Brady

    *snickers quietly*. On the low.

  • Phillybruh

    If she weren’t an athlete she would be treated much differently.

  • TriniHarlem

    Still holding my mule on all of this. However reach your highest level of dreams that you thought was impossible.

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!!! I was thinking the same thing!!! Like damn….lol I know I am so wrong for that….my first official petty moment of the day….

  • Trace da Ace

    Congrats….and by the look on her face…she already looks over it…..I just hope that she dont let this negative shit get to her because she is a very gifted tennis player, period point blank.

  • Yui

    So does this mean she gets instant ramen ? for life?

  • Soda

    She looks like she’s dressed to stir up & serve some of those Nissin Noodles she standing in front of.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    I don’t like her outfit at all. It is not flattering for her shape! Japanese heritage or not…Sheesh…
    I think she is a cute girl…but not with those clothes on

  • Trace da Ace

    damn…now you got me over here wanting some Nissan Chicken noodle soup…..smdh….

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Leonard Francois, her fathers name

    “Naomi Osaka is the daughter of Haitian filmmaker Leonard Leonard Maxime Francois, producer of Haitian movies like Selfish Love and Hard Times, a native of Jacmel Haiti.”

    Tired of seeing only the Japanese side of her represented, she has a BLACK FATHER.

    When is she flying to Haiti to be received by her fathers people?

    Crickets

  • Coy little wink

    Her eyes…her soul is weary…

  • FukkFolks2018

    Depends on the Asian I think. Blackoreans and Blackapinos tend to be nice looking.

    Some of the BlackJaps and Blackanese not so much.

  • Yui

    I used to add chicken and shrimp to mine. It was sooo gooood.

  • Itzgoingdown

    Where were you the last 20 years of the hair and fashion selections of the Williams sisters?

  • Itzgoingdown

    Serena’s poor husband is probably getting cussed out right now about something….. She might even be putting hands on him…..

  • Renee26

    That’s those Japanese eyes…they all look sad all the time to me

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    ???

  • Li-Wright

    She was on Ellen. So innocent. Love her.

  • Marlika

    ? I don’t care for this gal. And i don’t feel sorry for her.

  • stav

    These countries are so full of it, they only want to be bothered or pretend to like/love you only when they benefit from you. Japan is one of those places where I know for sure she has been repeatedly picked on, discriminated against ,etc. because they really view her as black, but now she’s won the US Open , and they pretend she’s one of their own. Just like here in America , they love blacks when they benefit this nation, otherwise their shot dead in the streets and constantly discriminated against.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    I wonder who her manager is, who is training her and responsible for collecting her winnings.

    If she is a Japanese citizen, is the Country holding her money, Id like to see the money trail.

    She appears mistreated, sullen, unhappy…..reminds me of
    Russian Pro Athletes. They are property of the Governement, serve at the Nations leisure, they are not private citizens, everything is controlled from diet to training, to supplementation, living expenses ,travel, and public appearances.

    I found a interesting website that talked bout Japans issues with the treatment of Pro Athletes. There is a history of Trainers using Violence.

    “Japan is not only fighting bad governance in several sports, but also outdated, authoritative training methods. New rules for good governance have been set out to reform elite sport in one of the world’s leading sports nations, but conservative forces are working against them.”

  • Dollface

    You are pathetic! Grow the F up.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    See my comment

  • Kayke

    She’s sponsored by Japan.

  • stav

    And many black athletes are sponsored by America, my point still stands.

  • Yui

    Er, she’s sponsoring Nissin. A legit question. And also, you starting an unnecessary argument on the internet because you assume the worst truly makes you look bad. Have a coke and chill out. This will be the first and last time I shall reply to you. ??

  • Guess Who

    I bet you had she not won, those japs would be calling her mongrel to her face. Asians DESPISE half breeds…until they do something “great”.

    Hines Ward talked about how the Korean culture treats mixed black/korean kids like they have leprosy and that was one reason why his mother never moved back even after his father left. She knew he would be treated terribly in South Korea.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Do you remember the Black/Japanese guy Theo from MTV? He was sexy and his voice was too.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    So Proud of her.

    That second pic. Whooooh!

    Serena is a class act.

  • Kayke

    No non Americans. My point is she could’ve been sponsored by America as she is a naturalized citizen, but she’s sponsored by Japan.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Just my personal observation. Before someone gets me. Only drop dead beautiful Blackanese I can think of is Karreuche. And black and Chinese is Tyson Beckford and Naomi. Most are funny looking. sorry not sorry.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Imma have to look him up

  • Elevated Soul

    ????

  • Logan Roberts

    Everybody don’t come out looking like Tae Heckard ?

  • Rayne

    That’s nice of the ramen ? noodle dude. She really is very pretty! Congratulations ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Sasha Bajin is her coach and Serena’s former hitting partner.

  • Logan Roberts

    Naomi looks sad.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I thought that too…she’s giving me Bert (Bert and Ernie) in the face…

  • dru and neil

    I don’t dislike her, it’s nice that hard work paid off for her, but black folks are too deep in their feelings trying to claim her and it seems we are very wishy washy when it comes to biracials. One minute they are mixed, next minute one drop rule is back in effect. To me, she looks like a brown Japanese woman with curls to be honest. Reading through comments the past few days on various blogs, I’m left wondering why are so many American black folk in their feelings about her half Haitian heritage, whether or not it’s being acknowledged, whether or not she’s being treated well by the Japanese, why she’s representing Japan…it’s getting weird. Lot of folks going to bat for her “blackness” like she represents us.

  • Faithz

    It’s good that Japan is Sponsoring her, because Haiti is broke, down , and out and the American President isn’t about to help none of the poor Countries are their people if they are not European are white. If you are black yo as better get back.

  • Faithz

    Osaka look more Japanese than black to me.

  • Faithz

    Maybe.

  • Faithz

    Me too, with peppers, onion.

  • dru and neil

    Well I understood the question and it was contextually fine to me. She is sponsored by Nissin, they make ramen, is part of the deal getting free ramen. Makes sense.

  • Faithz

    Serena Owns yo as it seem like.

  • Faithz

    Whew Yes them beads my Serena them has come a long ways.

  • Faithz

    Her dad is a nice looking Fellow, remember we can’t help
    who our families are God gave them to us, and we have to deal with the hand we are dealt.

  • Faithz

    Naomi Osaka took home a new TV and met Channing Tatum and Lebron James after appearing on several US morning shows!

  • dru and neil

    Thank you, I’m yet to really like any of their fashion choices either but I understand. Naomi is trying to reach critical mass right now, representing a brand, its business, that’s all. This is a huge moment they are trying to capitalize on. So they put on the Japanese outfit in Japan. I see Asian folks dressed like that every so often here in my neighborhood and I already know they are from out of town.

  • dru and neil

    You’re right.

  • Yui

    Yaaaaas!
    Absolute sense! Ramen plus cash, great deal.

  • Lucky8

    One of the s*it hole countries (Haiti)just won the US open, who would have thought?

  • MsVAllDay

    Legit azz question!

  • Melinated Goddess??

    I don’t care for this flat face girl. Something about her doesn’t sit right with me.

    Why are black people claiming this odd looking child? She isn’t black. Her father is. We have real black tennis players to uplift. This is like that Meghan Markle shit all over again.

  • Quitedeliteful

    “When you are little, you are taught not to look when the opponent gets angry
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The Japanese are definitely taught to keep their emotions in check. My Japanese coworker, who had breast cancer, definitely kept her emotions under wrap. She shed not one tear! Towards the end I cried more than her. They seem to remain stoic and calm in the face of adversity.

  • Itzgoingdown

    lol

  • Quitedeliteful

    I bet you had she not won, those japs would be calling her mongrel to her face. Asians DESPISE half breeds…until they do something “great”.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Very True! Generally speaking, they do not believe in mixing of the races.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Me TOO!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!! He better not open his mouf if he knows what’s good for him!!!

  • Bee jaay Cee

    they also hate losers. Had she not won, we never would be seeing these pictures.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I thought the Japanese were supposed to be so very fashionable. I can respect that she is covered and I don’t expect her to look like Nicki M or Cardi B but good grief! A church dress and some kittens heels would be a lot nicer than this…

  • ZZZ

    She took at 65″ TCL TV from Ellen and Ellen is trying to hook her up with Michael B. Jordan because she has a crush on him….LOLOLOL

  • Bee jaay Cee

    LOL.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Very true. Blacks & Japs mixture doesn’t always come out so nice…

  • Itzgoingdown

    lol

  • Quitedeliteful

    What about Kimora Lee?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Don’t worry I’ve been petty since that post about the muscle bound Morning Wood. You can join me on #TeamPetty. Snicker…

  • Parent

    This girl is champion but has no swag whatsoever. Remind of Drake’s very early years. Her outfit is not it! She reminds me of Aoki Lee Simmons.

  • Quitedeliteful

    That’s cute! LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Eileen

    I agree something isn’t right…. but her dad is black, i mean haitian…whatever

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Who is her makeup artist? Stay having her look like a 45 year old unhappy house wife. Can’t wait to see her adidas commercial and what her collab will look like.

  • Eileen

    so true..they are very zenophobic, everyone knows it but them!

  • the guest

    She has excellent taste because Michael B. Jordan is beautiful.

  • Malai

    Serena most definitely beat on her husband ?

  • the guest

    And most of them can’t stand mixing with white people. They believe white people are inferior and classless. Only in the US are there those white worshiping Asians that think marrying white is marrying up. But generally Asian women and men do not marry out.

  • the guest

    Interesting. Not accidental and no coincidence.

  • the guest

    Truth is Haitians don’t even identify as black, Haitians identify as Haitians or Caribbean or Creole. They do not identify as African American. Naomi Osaka is not black.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I’m Haitian and from what I heard, her father and them have a school in Haiti and she’s been seen there and at an orphanage.

  • dontgetblocked

    I love this young woman. She’s a true champion! I know her country is proud that she didn’t scream, swear on her kid’s life, or break tennis rackets. She is a dignified role model who will continue to win and make money for years to come. Bye Serena. Hello Naomi.

  • Malcom Flex

    She appears on psyche drugs. Japan loves white skin they’re the land of skin bleachers and whole skin care lines dedicated to ‘lightening’ moreso than the Koreans. I’m sure she catches hell over there regardless.

  • Melinated Goddess??

    Her fathers a black man of Haitian descent.

  • Sassie

    I liked watching her play. She’s an exceptional player. I just wish she’d smile more, cuz she’s not really that cute….

  • Cannelle

    I’m especially perturbed about the many YT people are rallying behind Naomi against Serena. Not necessarily because they like Naomi, but because they hate Serena so much. One YT had the nerve to say Serena should have lost all of her earnings after the match, not just be fined 17k. Like, what about all of the other tennis players who threw fits during matches? Should they give up their earnings?

  • dru and neil

    Well I should hope nobody Haitian identifies as African American. A couple of my best friends are Haitian, they personally consider themselves black but identify as Haitian first, and speak creole among each other. I don’t really see Osaka as a black woman either. She’s half Japanese, so I don’t know why people are so eager to claim her as a black woman. Makes zero sense IMO.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    He was working with Victoria Azarenka before she went on maternity leave.

  • Cannelle

    I think many black American people have been conditioned to embrace the one drop rule at all costs. They don’t often realize not everyone else embraces it. I used to be one of those people until I moved outside of the USA and realized that people can be of African heritage, but not necessarily black. When you know better…

    …but anyway. As time passes, the “black at all costs” mentality is fading among non-white supremacists. I mentioned in an early post that my white as hell grandmother lived as black all of her life simply because of a black grandparent — if she were born today, she would probably not be considered black.

  • Cannelle

    I was in Japan this summer. Like France, there are many fashionable people, but then…there are…The Rest.

    LOL

  • Chocolate Bliss

    It takes two black parents to make a black child though. She’s mixed race. I ain’t claiming her. My tennis champ is Serena.

  • Chocolate Bliss

    She looks like Sarah Plain and Tall to me and she can’t dress for shit!

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    She’s adorable. I love both her and Serena! Great Job young lady and I hope you continue to do great things in your future.

  • sunni_daze

    My thoughts exactly

  • what?why

    She beat Serena fair and square – right from the get go she had the advantage and kept it. Serena knew this and went off the hinges on the umpire … tho the fines for name calling and racket bashing were questionable BUT not the side line coaching.

  • Kay Gee

    She talks through her teeth. Jennifer Aniston does that also, and Katie Lee from the “Kitchen” (plus she Katie keeps her arms close to her sides).

  • Nik

    Naomi said her dream was to play against Serena. What better way to get there than to be coached by someone who knows Serena’s game very well. When I found out Sascha was her coach, I knew that championship was in the bag.

  • Nik

    The one drop rule wasn’t even created by us so I don’t know why people are so eager to embrace it. The underlying meaning of the rule is that one drop of black blood is a pollutant. That is a negative and not a positive. Naomi’s heritage and life experience is not that of an African American. People need to stop majoring in minors and focus on the fact that this young lady worked hard to realize her dream. I don’t care if she was purple and green like Barney. She did her thing and I’m proud of her.

  • Zedian Queen

    Riiiiiiiiiiight this is coming from a country and poeple that believes a drop of black in any race makes you black because our blood is that STRONG. Out with the old (serena) in with the young and BLACK (Naomi). Yall kill me with the ignorant crap!

  • Zedian Queen

    am sure she wont lose any sleep if yall black americans dont claim her LOL at the end of the day Serena has had her time, shes done! she can go raise her beautiful black and white baby let us enjoy this new fresh young black/japanese player!

  • VV

    She’s 20???? Looks older or maybe its this horrible outfit

  • BxGirl

    What about Sloane Stevens – last year’s U.S. Open champ?

  • BxGirl

    She looks like her mother with brown skin.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I’m sure she is a lovely girl but I just can’t handle the fact of the way she beat Serena. I can’t help but to wonder what the outcome would have been if there was another referee

  • AndSo

    You are more than likely “mixed race” and have a non-black ancestor or more than just one. You silly to disclaim anyone who isn’t supposedly “100%”.

  • Cannelle

    I agree 100%. I think for one, it is what we’ve been conditioned to accept, so now any one with wavy hair is black, LOL. It is bizarre. (no kidding, a white colleague once told me that because she had wavy hair, a couple of black co-workers insisted that she was black. Ridiculous). For two, I think it is “Négritude” or solidarity and pride in the accomplishments of people with black identity and African heritage.

    I don’t really think there is anything wrong with Négritude, because it tries to cultivate a sense of pride (I’m very proud of Venus and Serena, for example), but then it goes back to the question of who is black? Are we taking pride in every single person who has certain phenotypes associated with blackness? Tricky subject, but I think in the case of Naomi, some people are going too far. She said that she is proud of both of her heritages, so people need to let that alone. And no, she is not *just* black, no matter what Americans say or how curly her hair is or dark her skin is.

    “People need to stop majoring in minors”

    Lmao!! I love this. Can I use it?

  • Nik

    Yes, use that line to your heart’s content! I think we’ve also been trained to believe that mixed people reject their blackness so it’s our job to make them acknowledge it. However, every person of black ancestry does not rally around the color of their skin. For blacks outside the US they mainly polarize by tribe or country. Because America is predominately white and we experienced forced segregation for most of our history, we polarize by color. We cannot force that experience onto others. It’s uniquely ours, with South Africans a very close second.

  • Cannelle

    Indeed. If a mixed race person doesn’t want to acknowledge their blackness, it isn’t my job to make them.

    I live in a majority white country now, and the black people here aren’t in solidarity like black Americans because they have no common history given their different origins. Even being in a white country, they still don’t “one drop”, because that’s not their history, as you say.

  • monique

    10 million per year, wow!

  • Curvy Divas

    Her dad is Haitian Naomi was born in Japan moved the US when she was 3 yo She was raised in an Haitian household Her dad was inspired by The Williams Sister and trained her to play tennis using the same method The Williams father did. Naomi said Serena is her idol and she corrects the press and claims her Haitian side. Black women are dominating tennis and they are trying hard erase her black but she’s a brown girl with curly hair and Asian features. Her father is camera shy but he should be front and center for his daughter’s success. She remind me of Kimora Lee Simmons daughters.

  • Cannelle

    She is definitely a brown girl, and from what I understand, she is very vocal about her Haitian heritage (although “Haitian” is not synonymous with “black” or “creole”, because one is a nationality and the other a race). I’m not going to fight her battles; if she wants to say “black” or not, that is her choice. In this case, women of African descent are dominating tennis, whether they be black or mixed-race.

  • Melinated Goddess??

    What? The one drop real is racist you idiot. I don’t buy into that shit. I don’t count mutts as black people.