Osaka, Focusing On What It Takes To Win

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WTA Insider Podcast, senior writer Courtney Nguyen chats with Naomi Osaka, who recently won the U.S.Open Women’s final. Through her victory, 22 year old Osaka, becomes the first women in 25 years to win a U.S. Open final after losing the first set. This was Osaka’s second U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam victory. In  the podcast Osaka discusses how the Covid quarantine was useful as she was able to meditate, and train productively during the tournament lay offs. It gave her time to lay the ground work to shift her mindset to a positive focus. Osaka received a lot of media attention during the Open as she wore seven different Covid protective masks bearing the names of black victims of police violence, to bring awareness to the issue of racial inequality. The interview touches on how Osaka’s activism has been a motivating factor for her and she sees the potential for positive change.