Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam by beating the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in straight sets on Saturday in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
Osaka has revealed what Williams told her at the 2018 U.S. Open.
“She said she was proud of me, and that I should know the crowd isn’t booing at me,” Osaka said Wednesday on Ellen. “I was really happy she said that.”
Osaka is the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam final on the men’s or women’s circuit.
“It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open final,” Osaka said when she received the trophy. “So I’m really glad I was able to do that. I’m really glad I was able to play with you. Thank you.”