Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka eyes Gold at Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese tennis star is aiming to fulfil her dream of winning an Olympic Gold

Naomi Osaka with the US Open title; Credit: US Open Tennis Twitter page

The reigning US Open and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has set her sights on winning the gold medal at the Toyko 2020 Olympics. The Japanese star said that it was a childhood dream of her to win a gold in the Olympics. The Olympics which was supposed to take place last year has been postponed by a year owing to coronavirus pandemic. A surge in the cases has led to the ban on foreign spectators this year.

“I have allowed myself to dream that dream of winning the gold medal,” she told ITF recently. “But it won’t be easy. And I tend to put my goals realistically and also short-term, and it’s not even July yet! So, I’m going to chill,” the 23-year-old Japanese star added.

Love for Olympics

Naomi Osaka has gone on to reminisce about her favourite Olympic memories during her childhood days. “For me, it’s always been a dream of mine. As a kid you wake up and watch your favourite athletes play,” she said.

“My most outstanding Olympic memory is just watching [Usain] Bolt run. He’s my favourite athlete, me and my whole family – my dad loves his running, so we would just, like, watch him.”

With the Olympics happening in her native country, Osaka simply cannot wait to be a part of the spectacle. “When I think of the Olympics, what comes to mind is of course the Opening Ceremony, seeing all the people being so happy,” she added.

“I think what I’m most looking forward to being in Tokyo during the Olympics is the atmosphere. It’s definitely going to be one-of-a-kind, and it’s something that’s going to be etched into my memory forever.”

The 23-year-old also spoke about how much she is looking forward to representing Japan at the Tokyo Games. “I’m really looking forward to playing in the Olympics. Representing Japan means a lot to me. It’s where I was born, it’s my mom’s home country, and it’s definitely going to be exciting. It’s one of my life goals,” she concluded.

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