Japan has been charmed by Osaka’s off-court humility and genuineness.
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Japan celebrated Naomi Osaka's victory over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final, with fans putting her stunning success down to a steely focus and humble attitude as much as her powerful performance at Flushing Meadows.Kei Nishikori, who lost in the men's semifinals to Novak Djokovic and was runner-up in 2014, posted a video of Osaka lifting the U.S. Open trophy on his Twitter page along with the hashtag #proud and a Japanese flag.As Osaka prepared to face Williams in Saturday's final, local media began to contemplate what victory might mean.Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is also helping break new ground in Japan as her biracial identity challenges the country's self-image as a racially homogenous society.Osaka is the latest biracial athlete to enter the limelight in Japan following sprinter Asuka Cambridge and baseball player Yu Darvish.Osaka left Japan when she was three and was raised in New York and Florida.
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