It was meant to be her happiest moment on a tennis court, but Naomi Osaka admits the US Open final feels like a “bad memory”.
The 20-year-old made history at Flushing Meadows when she became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam, but the match was overshadowed by runner-up Serena Williams’ run-in with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
Williams was given code violations for coaching and slamming her racket, and was later given a game penalty for calling Ramos a “thief” and a “liar”.
The post-match presentation was also a bit chaotic with fans booing the officials, Osaka crying and Williams consoling her.
Osaka was asked how she felt about the final and replied: “I have so much tea right now, but I’m not going to spill it.
“There’s a lot of stuff I want to say about, like, how I felt and whatever. But for me, I don’t know, I don’t know.
“The memory of the US Open is a little bit bittersweet. Like right after, the day after, I really didn’t want to think about it because it wasn’t necessarily the happiest memory for me. I don’t know. I just sort of wanted to move on at that point…
She then asked a reporter: “Have you ever eaten green tea ice cream? This is a serious question.
“When you bite into it, it’s sweet but also very strong. That’s how that memory feels to me. Of course I’m happy that I won a Grand Slam. I don’t think there’s anything that can take away from that. But I don’t know.
“I feel like not that when I look back on it that it’s a bad memory, but I feel like it was so strange, I didn’t just want to think about it. I wanted to just push it to the side.”
Murray was set to return to action on the ATP Tour in April, but that was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The three-time grand-slam champion has been out of action since November.
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