Butterly Lands On Naomi Osaka In Australian Open Match
Game. Set. Match. Naomi Osaka did her thing on the tennis court, winning against, you know, one of the greatest tennis players to ever swing a tennis racket.
Imagine matching up in one of the biggest stages in the form of a Grand Slam tennis tournament against someone who grew up watching and looked up to.
That’s exactly what Osaka did playing against her role model, another dream come true.
Osaka would beat Serena Williams in two straight sets (6-3, 6-4) in the Australian Open semifinals to advance to the championship.
Osaka had six aces, an 85% win-percentage on her first serve, and had eight service game wins along with being able to overcome eight double faults.
But, before she was able to enter the match against her hero, she’d have a guest on the court in the third round match against Ons Jabeur.
It wasn’t her coach, it wasn’t her family. No, it was an insect! And not just any insect, a butterfly floated near her tennis racket then launched towards her head. Osaka then brought the insect to safety off the court.
Osaka ended up beating Jabeur in two straight sets (6-3, 6-2).
People were here for this in the comments:
“Means she blessed,” @esquiremane commented on the SportsCenter Instagram post.
“Symbolic,” @veganbeast dell said on the SportsCenter Instagram post.
“That’s a sign of an 👼 watching over her!” @wavevii_crockett commented said on the SportsCenter Instagram post.
“That was an angel visiting💜,” @lauris.del commented on the SportsCenter Instagram post.
Osaka wasn’t the only player that a butterfly said hello to during a match.
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