Naomi Osaka says her Kobe Bryant jersey gave her ‘energy’ throughout US Open title run

Naomi Osaka confirmed a champion’s coronary heart in getting back from a set right down to win the 2020 U.S. Open girls’s singles title Saturday. She displayed a sure . . . mentality.

After Osaka had celebrated her victory over Victoria Azarenka, she returned to the Arthur Ashe Stadium court docket to take pictures whereas holding the championship trophy. She got here out carrying a Kobe Bryant No. eight Lakers jersey.

Osaka mentioned the jersey was a motivational device as she grinded by means of two weeks of major-championship tennis below the Open’s bubble. “I really suppose it gave me energy,” she wrote on Twitter. Her Twitter background picture is a black-and-white picture of Bryant in his No. 24 jersey.

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A Twitter person responded with a photograph of Osaka and Bryant, who watched Osaka play in final 12 months’s U.S. Open.

Osaka was proven carrying the jersey after her semifinal victory over Jennifer Brady on Thursday.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna have been amongst 9 folks killed in a helicopter crash final Jan. 26 in Southern California. The group was touring to Gianna’s AAU basketball sport.

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