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Naomi Osaka hungry for her own chapter in Japan's tennis history

With two Grand Slams in hand, 'queen of Asia' has her eye on Olympic gold

Naomi Osaka poses for the camera on Nov. 7 in Tokyo: The world No. 3 women's singles tennis player hopes to become the first Asian to win Olympic gold. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- When Naomi Osaka won her second Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January 2019, the first Asian-born player to win one, China's Li Na presented her with the trophy.

"Yeah, I mean, for me, I didn't expect to see her there. At first I was very shocked. I wanted to cry a little bit, but I didn't want to cry on this, like, podium. So, yeah, I was really touched. I just felt really honored ... that she was giving me this trophy," Osaka, the second Asian-born player to win a Grand Slam, said.

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