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U.S. Open champion Osaka stays grounded in Melbourne

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U.S. Open champion Osaka stays grounded in Melbourne

Naomi Osaka is no longer a shy, introvert youngster and the newest Grand Slam winner in women's tennis says she owes her maturity to last year's U.S. Open triumph.

SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 12, 2019) (TENNIS AUSTRALIA - FOR NEWS PURPOSES ONLY.

NO ARCHIVE.

NO RESALES) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NAOMI OSAKA SAYING: "I feel the same, I think it would be bad if I changed in like three months.

I don't really feel that much difference and I think one of the biggest things is that I go into the main media room now, so that's changed." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NAOMI OSAKA SAYING: "I feel like I'm more comfortable talking to people, I've sort of been put in the position that I have to and it's not something that I can avoid any more.

But next time I walk into the press room I'll be like 'wassap?

(laughs)." 4.

WHITE FLASH 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NAOMI OSAKA SAYING: "For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature as a person and I feel like in a way I am but in other parts I'm very like three-years-old mentality, you know.

So I feel it's just like levelling that out is one of the biggest goals I had during the off season." STORY: Naomi Osaka is no longer a shy, introvert youngster and the newest Grand Slam winner in women's tennis says she owes her maturity to last year's U.S. Open triumph.

Last September the Florida-based Japanese player beat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows, denying her childhood idol a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Known for her humility and introverted nature in the past, Osaka had the attending media laughing at her pre-Australian Open press conference on Saturday (January 12).

"I think it would be bad if I changed in, like, three months," the 21-year-old said, brimming with smile.

"I don't really feel that much different.

"I think one of the biggest things is that I go into the main media room now, so that's changed.

I feel like I'm more comfortable talking to people.

"I've sort of been put in the position that I have to.

It's not something I can avoid any more." Standing on the podium at the U.S. Open waiting to be handed her trophy and a winner's cheque after defeating Williams in an ill-tempered final, Osaka heard only boos from an angry and frustrated crowd.

That would have wilted most nerves of steel but it prompted Osaka to work more on the mental aspects of her game during the off-season.

"One of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person," she said.

"And I feel like in a way I am, but in other parts I'm very, like, three-year-old mentality, you know?

"I feel like it's just levelling that out is one of my biggest goals I had during the off-season."




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