WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka guested on Wednesday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and talked about her historic victory at the U.S. Open.
- As the crowd booed loudly when Osaka received her trophy, Serena Williams whispered something to her.
- Osaka also revealed the identity of her celeb crush, prompting Ellen to play matchmaker and send their selfie to the “Black Panther” star.
On Wednesday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, Naomi Osaka opened up about everything from her historic victory at the U.S. Open to her celebrity crush.
The 20-year-old, who is of Haitian and Japanese descent, became the first-ever Japanese-born to be crowned Grand Slam champion, after defeating her idol Serena Williams on Saturday.
Unfortunately, her victory was overshadowed by a firestorm of controversy after Williams’ angry confrontation with chair umpire Carlos Ramos and received three code violations.
And when tearful Osaka appeared for the trophy ceremony, the crowd loudly booed ― but Williams consoled her young rival and apparently whispered into her ear.
Osaka told DeGeneres, “She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me.”
“At the time, I did … think that they were booing at me,” the young tennis champion continued. “I couldn’t tell what was going on, because it was just so loud in there. It was a little bit stressful.”
During the interview, DeGeneres got Osaka to reveal her celebrity crush: “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan. The host started playing matchmaker and proceeded to snap a selfie with the tennis player, which she texted to Jordan on-air.
Osaka was somewhat embarrassed and quipped sheepishly, “You’re stressing me out… I’m too young to be stressed out like this.”
While only time will tell if DeGeneres’ matchmaking efforts prove successful, the host reassured Osaka, “The world is your oyster right now. You’re adorable.”
Source: Huff Post