‘Always makes me smile’ – Naomi Osaka appreciates her dad’s presence at tennis event in San Jose

Naomi Osaka has entered a crucial part of her season. It’s that time of the year that she had another big hit. Also, she enjoys playing on the hard courts in the USA. During her brief but largely successful career, she has won the US Open twice.

However, things are not going according to their plans this season. She was riddled with injuries and inconsistent form at the tournaments. She also suffered heartbreaking early exits from the Australian Open and French Open. She recently made a comeback after missing Wimbledon with an Achilles injury. And she had someone special accompany her at the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.

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Why is Noami Osaka smiling at San Jose?

During the post-game interview following her first-round victory at the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, Osaka revealed that her father was with her at the tournament. She said, “My dad, he’ll be right here. He’s the guy with the sunglasses, even though it’s dark outside. He’s been gone for a little minute so it’s our first tournament we’re back together and it’s really good for him to be back because he always makes me smile.”

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It was a good outing for Osaka as she defeated her Chinese opponent. Qinwen zheng However, the Japanese star had to dig deep to defeat Zheng in straight sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. It was Osaka’s first win since their first-round win at the Madrid Open.

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Coco Gauff on her rivalry with Osaka

In the next round osaka meets Coco Gauff from the USA. Speaking of rivalry, Gauff said, “From a competitive perspective, it would be like Federer and Nadal. I mean emotionally. When we’re on the pitch we’re going to fight really hard.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts to a lost point during a tiebreak against Leylah Fernandez of Canada during their women’s singles third round match on day five of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 03, 2021 in NYC. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The blockbuster match between them will take place later today. Who will come out on top in this fight? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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