Twitter users claim Australian Open winner Naomi Osaka trolled runner-up Jennifer
Brady during her acceptance speech.
Many have taken to the social media platform to highlight Osaka calling Brady ‘Jennifer’,
despite her preferring ‘Jenny’.
The 23-year-old defeated Brady 6-4 6-3 to win her second Australian Open title and
fourth Grand Slam.
At the beginning of her acceptance speech, the Japanese athlete turned to Brady and
asked: “Do you like to be called Jenny or Jennifer?”
The crowd laughed as the runner-up clearly said: “Jenny.”
Osaka then said: “Firstly I want to congratulate Jennifer.”
The comment was most likely just a mistake from Osaka as she went on to praise the 25-
year-old. But that is not the way it has been received on social media.
Here are some of the tweets
Naomi Osaka with the absolute disrespect 😂😂😂
NO: “Do you like to be called Jenny or Jennifer?”
JB: “Jenny 🙂”
NO: “Congratulations Jennifer”
No mercy from Naomi Osaka…
“Do you prefer Jenny or Jennifer?”
Osaka: “Whatever Jennifer…”
Ice cold in victory😂
11:25 AM · Feb 20, 2021
One Twitter user described Osaka as ‘rude’ while another thought she was being polite
for asking in the first place.
Many, however, found the champions’ comments funny and a harmless example of
trolling. Osaka, who defeated Serena Williams 6-3 6-4 in the semi-final, went on to
describe her delighted at winning another Grand Slam.
She said: “This feels incredible. I didn’t play my last slam with fans so to have this energy
means a lot. “Thank you for opening your hearts and arms towards us. Playing a
Grand Slam is a super privilege and one I won’t take for granted.”