Osaka's Beloved Grandpa Happy with Her Successive Grand Slam Win
Nemuro, Hokkaido, Jan. 27 (Jiji Press)--"She's great," said Tetsuo Osaka, a grandfather of the 2019 Australian Open women's singles champion.
"She exercised patience," the 74-year-old head of a fisheries cooperative in Nemuro in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido told reporters after Naomi Osaka won the second straight grand slam title for the first time in Japan's tennis history on Saturday.
Osaka's maternal grandfather initially planned to go to the city hall to watch the Australian Open final on television with Nemuro Mayor Masatoshi Ishigaki and others, but he did not do so.
"I couldn't move (away from the TV at home)," he said. "It wasn't a comfortable victory." Osaka beat two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova in the final after rebounding from the collapse in the second set.
After her quarterfinal win on Wednesday, Osaka gave him a "surprise birthday gift" during a media interview, saying, "Grandpa, happy birthday."
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