Coming back from 1-6 down to win her second US Open title and third Grand Slam overall, Naomi Osaka put forth a thrilling effort on Saturday that was noticed all over the world—including by another one of the defining athletes of this time, LeBron James:
GREAT COMEBACK!! Congrats @naomiosaka! ????????✊????— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 12, 2020
Skier Lindsey Vonn congratulated the players as well ...
And swimmer Simone Manuel put the pressure of Osaka's high-profile image into perspective:
The weight on her shoulders. Her activism. She handled it all gracefully.— Simone Manuel (@swimone) September 12, 2020
Tennis legends were not shy at all about acknowledging the presence of another potential great:
Congratulations to @naomiosaka, the 2020 @usopen women’s singles champion!— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 12, 2020
A tremendous Final by both players, with incredible effort by @vika7.
Our sport just keeps getting better! #USOpen https://t.co/FEKZlfE3cX
Current players, too, found themselves celebrating:
なおみちゃん、さすが‼️— Misaki Doi 土居美咲 (@MisakiDoiTennis) September 12, 2020
And even tennis commentators were stunned:
Wow! Osaka comes back to win her 3rd major title!! A force on and off the court!! #USOpen— Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) September 12, 2020
Congratulations @naomiosaka What a performance from a set down in the finals. Thank you for your voice and impressive tennis.— James Blake (@JRBlake) September 12, 2020
Naomi Osaka is your @usopen champ. She found a way, as champions do. The bubble never burst....— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) September 12, 2020
Two years ago, when Osaka won her first US Open title, the question was instantly asked whether and when she'd become a multiple-major champion. With three Slams in three seasons, she's shown no lasting problems living up to high expectations, even in some of the most challenging circumstances.