Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open triumph went into orbit yesterday as a Japanese astronaut sent greetings from the international space station.
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi wrote: “Naomi Osaka, congratulations on the victory.”
And Japanese media went into overdrive predicting a gold medal for Osaka at the Tokyo Olympics later this year.
“Osaka is a step closer to gold at the Tokyo Olympics,” the Nikkan sport daily wrote.
Osaka spoke during a photo call in Melbourne today, saying she took a two-hour nap after she beat Jennifer Brady in the women’s singles final yesterday, but then said she was already focusing on Wimbledon and Roland Garros.
“The biggest thing I did was take a nap and I won and now I’m here,” she said. “So hopefully I can celebrate a bit more now.
“Bit for me I think the biggest goal right nome is to win Wimbledon or the French Open.
“I think everyone knows that I can do well on hardcourt, but for me I just want to get comfortable on the other surfaces.
“It’s an honour to be this conversation but I also feel my biggest goal is to be more consistent throughout the year, not just randomly popping up and winning a Grand Slam.”