Naomi Osaka won a US Open match in straight sets because she didn't want guests Kobe Bryant and Colin Kaepernick to 'sit in the sun too long'

August 30, 2019

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  • Naomi Osaka cruised through her match at the US Open, defeating Magda Linette 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round of the tournament.
  • After the match, Osaka said she was motivated by the fact that Kobe Bryant and Colin Kaepernick were cheering her on from her box at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
  • "It was just like I really didn't want them to sit in the sun too long, honestly," Osaka said of her guests. "That was the thing that was on my mind. I was, like, I don't really want to play a third set."Continue reading.


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