1st Japanese U.S. Open Champ Osaka Eyes Tokyo Olympic Gold


Yokohama, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--Speaking to more than 100 reporters shortly after returning to Japan on Thursday morning, Naomi Osaka, who became the first Japanese tennis player to win the U.S. Open singles title for women, said she now feels the victory "sinking in."

She also clarified that she aims to win a 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold.

The 20-year-old rising tennis star, daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian-American father, arrived at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda early in the morning, after defeating Serena Williams in the final match of the grand slam in New York on Saturday.

Emerging from the arrival gate at the airport, Osaka replied in Japanese and English to a reporter's request for a comment: "Nemui kedo (I'm sleepy) but really happy."

At the press conference, held in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, she said she "accomplished a lot" in the tournament.

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