Naomi Osaka sends perfect message to the haters in bikini photos
Naomi Osaka clearly doesn't care what the trolls say about her.
The Australian Open champion showed off some impressive bling on Instagram on Thursday as she soaked up the sun in a bikini.
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In a series of photos showing the Japanese tennis star wearing a red bikini, Osaka showed off a new watch, bracelet and pendant necklace gifted to her by boyfriend Cordae.
“Sunny and icey all at the same time,” the World No.2 wrote. “Thank you Cordae.”
While the new jewellery was the centrepiece of the photos, Osaka's bikini pics served as the perfect message to her haters.
The 23-year-old copped some disgusting backlash last year after posting similar photos in her swimwear.
“Is that pregnancy or quarantine stomach?” one user commented on a photo in July.
Another wrote: “I don't get why you would post half naked pics of yourself.
“Have some class... you don't need to do this.”
Others told Osaka to cover up and “save that for your husband.”
But the four-time grand slam champion wasn't about to let the trolls get away with it.
“I just wanna say it’s creeping me out how many people are commenting at me to maintain my “innocent image” and “don’t try to be someone your not”,” she wrote on Twitter.
“You don’t know me, I’m 22, I wear swimsuits to the pool. Why do you feel like you can comment on what I can wear?”
I just wanna say it’s creeping me out how many people are commenting @ me to maintain my “innocent image” and “don’t try to be someone your not”. You don’t know me, I’m 22, I wear swimsuits to the pool. Why do you feel like you can comment on what I can wear?
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) July 26, 2020
While some might shy away from posting photos that have caused uproar in the past, Osaka bravely continues to defy the critics.
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While Osaka is being touted as the new face of women's tennis, her older sister Mari has announced her sad retirement from the sport at just 24.
"I am retired from playing tennis," Mari wrote on Instagram this week.
"It was a journey which I didn't enjoy ultimately but I'm grateful for all the memories and support I've gained and received over the years from the sport.
"I'm moving on now so you can look forward to new fun projects upcoming in the future."
Mari played the majority of her career on the lower-tier ITF circuit, retiring as World No.340.
She reached her highest ranking of 280 in 2018.
Mari only played one match in 2021, losing to Sarah Hamner in the first round of qualifying for an ITF event in Georgia in January.
In stark contrast, Naomi is being hailed as a double-digit major winner in waiting after soaring into rarefied air with her latest Australian Open triumph.
The Japanese superstar became the first woman since Monica Seles 30 years ago to win her first four grand slam finals with victory at Melbourne Park last month.
Margaret Court also accomplished the feat in the early 1960s, as did Roger Federer before going on to rack up a record 20 men's grand slam singles crowns.
Ominously for Osaka's rivals, not even legends Serena and Venus Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert nor Billie-Jean King managed to win their first four major finals.
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