“I would like to thank my ancestors because everytime I remember their blood runs through my veins I am reminded that I cannot lose,” tweeted the tennis star Sunday. Her mother is Japanese and father is Haitian.
In each match at this year’s Open, Osaka wore a mask bearing the name of a Black victim of alleged police or racist violence in the US.
Saturday she honored Tamir Rice, who was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer at age 12 in 2014.
“I feel like the point is to make people start talking,” said Osaka, 22, who plays for Japan but lives in the US.
Fans showed their respect on Twitter.
Osaka claimed the title by beating Victoria Azarenka 1-6 6-3 6-3.