MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 21, 2019—Naomi Osaka said she’s just returned from Haiti where some people struggle to get clean drinking water. This makes her appreciate even more getting into the Australian Open quarterfinals — and her own good life.
Haiti is her father’s birthplace — her mother Tamaki is Japanese. It’s also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
“For me, it’s a very humbling experience to go back because you see so many people that they don’t have much, and then you go back to your house and everything that you take for granted you start appreciating it more,” the defending US Open champion said Monday after beating Anastasija Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
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