As Osaka received her trophy after beating Serena Williams in straight sets in the women's singles final, the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium actually started booing.
"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", she said Thursday, speaking mostly in English at the auto company's headquarters in Yokohama, according to Reuters.
In the second set, she slammed her racket into the ground when broken back for 3-2, after which she was given a point penalty. But her claims were soon undermined by statistics showing there were 86 code violations handed out to male players at the US Open and only 22 to women. To get called in a Grand Slam final was perhaps a bit tight, but I think the reaction was pretty overboard.
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"I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that". "At the time, I did. think that they were booing at me".
Osaka, now ranked seventh in the world, is aiming to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore at the end of the season.
And it turns out Osaka actually has a new reason to feel happy.
After discovering she has a crush on the 31-year-old actor, DeGeneres continued to tease the athlete by taking a selfie with her and told her that she will send the picture to the actor saying, "let's just see what he says".
"Do you know how many other men do things that are much worse than that?"
"So hopefully I can be that role model".