Jennifer or Jenny? Confused Naomi Osaka “So Sorry” For Brady Gaffe | Tennis News


Naomi Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady to win the Australian Open title.© TBEN

Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka told Jennifer Brady she was “so sorry” on Sunday after she made an embarrassing blunder with the American player’s name. After beating Brady 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win her second title at Melbourne Park, the always polite Osaka began her victory speech by asking if she would rather be called Jennifer or Jenny. “Jenny,” Brady replied. Osaka then told the crowd, “First of all, I want to congratulate Jennifer,” which brought a laugh to the over 7,000 spectators at Rod Laver Arena.

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Osaka later apologized on Twitter and said she was mortified by her blunder.

“Omg no (crying emoji),” the Japanese player wrote. “I promise you my mind thought I called her Jenny at the time and I was so confused why the crowd was laughing. I’m so sorry.

“We played in the US Open semi-finals a few months ago and I told everyone you were going to be a problem,” Osaka told Brady when handing over the trophy.

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“And I was right. It’s really amazing for me to see your growth in the last few months, it’s really cool for me to see.”

The 23-year-old, who became just the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, will now move up to second in the world rankings.



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