Naomi Osaka responds to botching Jennifer Brady’s name after AO Open final win

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Naomi Osaka asked what Jennifer Brady wanted to be called after the Australian Open win but then messed up the name big time

Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady played out an incredible Australian Open 2021 final but it was the Japanese star that came out on top.

This was Osaka’s fourth Grand Slam and her second Australian Open title. The Japanese star didn’t put a foot wrong and despite a spirited comeback in the second set from Brady, the match was done in just about an hour.

Naomi Osaka won the 2021 Australian Open women's singles title
Japan’s Naomi Osaka kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup trophy after beating Jennifer Brady of the US to win their women’s singles final match on day thirteen of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 20, 2021.

Osaka had a lot of praise for her rival, who was playing her first Grand Slam. She claimed that Brady would be a problem in the future but there was one moment that went viral.

Osaka already created the headlines when she saved a butterfly during an earlier round. However, she asked Brady what she liked to be called during the post-match presentations.

Jennifer or Jenny was the question and the beaten finalist said she liked to be called Jenny. Osaka then went on to refer to her rival as Jennifer and that saw a lot of heat from some tennis fans.

Some even suggested that Brady looked miffed at this name gaffe, which was something out of character from Osaka.

The Japanese is one of the most genuine tennis stars on the circuit and has often slammed trolls for targeting others on a range of issues.

She also wore face masks with names of black people killed by police brutality in the US last year. While some blasted Osaka, the champion responded to the controversy.

Naomi Osaka apologises for Jennifer Brady name gaffe

The champion also caught hold of her mistake on the microphone and apologised to her rival.

She believed she had said the right name for Brady but what came out was completely different. Osaka also got confused by the crowd’s reaction:

“Omg no

“I promise you my mind thought I called her Jenny in that moment and I was so confused why the crowd was laughing. I’m so sorry”

This should solve the issue for now. Osaka isn’t the kind of player that likes to make fun of her rivals. The Japanese probably got caught up in the moment of winning another Grand Slam.

This was Osaka’s fourth Grand Slam win and she is yet to lose a final of a Slam.

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Edited by: Gerard Crispin