Naomi Osaka: As Crowd Booed, Serena Said This

US Open winner appears on the 'Ellen Show'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2018 2:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – During and after Naomi Osaka's high-profile US Open win over Serena Williams on Saturday, the 20-year-old didn't always know what was going on. She told the Ellen Show on Wednesday that as Williams argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, she resisted the urge to stray from her training, which dictated that she turn away from an opponent having "an emotional moment on the court," as Yahoo Sports puts it. "In my mind, I just really wanted to know what was going on. I hear a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around. But I didn’t."

Osaka was similarly unclear on things after the match, as she was handed the trophy to the crowd's boos. Williams leaned over and clarified: "She said that she was proud of me, and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me. At the time, I did kind of think they were booing at me. I couldn't tell what was going on because it was just so loud." The remainder of the segment shows Osaka bashfully protesting Ellen DeGeneres' attempts to hook Osaka up with her celebrity crush, Michael B. Jordan. DeGeneres texted him, and he responded. (Read more Naomi Osaka stories.)

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