Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady to win the Australian Open title.© UKTN
Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka told Jennifer Brady she was “so sorry” on Sunday after she made an embarrassing blunder with the American player’s name. After beating Brady 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win her second title at Melbourne Park, the always polite Osaka began her victory speech by asking if she would rather be called Jennifer or Jenny. “Jenny,” Brady replied. Osaka then told the crowd, “First of all, I want to congratulate Jennifer,” which made the over 7,000 spectators at Rod Laver Arena laugh.
Osaka later apologized on Twitter and said she was mortified by her blunder.
“Omg no (crying emoji),” the Japanese player wrote. “I promise you my mind thought I called her Jenny at the time and I was so confused why the crowd was laughing. I’m so sorry.
Omg no I promise my mind thought I called her Jenny at the time and I was so confused why the crowd was laughing. I’m really sorry https://t.co/fqS3nPBb1C
– NaomiOsaka (@naomiosaka) February 21, 2021
“We played in the US Open semifinals a few months ago and I told everyone you’re going to be a problem,” Osaka told Brady when handing over the trophy.
“And I was right. It’s really amazing for me to see your growth in the last few months, it’s really cool for me to see.”
The 23-year-old, who became just the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, will now move up to second in the world rankings.
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