Sporting Life: Naomi Osaka - the champion and the challenge

 Japan's Naomi Osaka poses for photographs with the championship trophy at the Brighton Beach in Melbourne on Jan 27, 2019.
Japan's Naomi Osaka poses for photographs with the championship trophy at the Brighton Beach in Melbourne on Jan 27, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE - Number 1 is a position, a prize and a predicament. You earn it, then you have to wear it. In the mirror you see the same person but the world sees someone else. You are a human, an athlete and now also an ideal. You are the tennis standard and a poster on a wall. Little girls are saying they want to be you. Mothers approve.

Are you ready? Smile, please.

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