"Before I won the U.S. Open, so many people told my dad I would never be anything,” says Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in her eponymous docuseries on Netflix. "I just started writing a list of all the historic things that I could possibly do. And for me, being the first Japanese person to win a Grand Slam was at the top of the list."
After I finished watching the first episode of Netflix's Naomi Osaka, this was the quote that resonated with me the most. Here was an extremely skilled and introverted athlete who used the negative opinions of others as motivation to do what seemed impossible. And now, she has not only won multiple Grand Slams, but she also made history as the first Asian player to be ranked number one by the Women's Tennis Association. It's enough to inspire any girl with a big dream.
But as thrilling as it's been to see Osaka break these barriers, I've always been curious about her life behind the scenes. For instance, how has she been dealing with her success? When exactly did she develop a passion for tennis? And how is she navigating the media's response to her exit from the French Open? Fortunately, this documentary series has the answers to all of these questions and more.