"It gives me a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics to represent Japan", the two-time Grand Slam champion informed the broadcaster in an interview in Tokyo.
The Japan Tennis Association says Osaka will be eligible to represent Japan in the Olympics if she plays for the country in one more national team competition organised by the International Tennis Federation.
"I bag I can be ready to place more of my emotion into it by playing for the pride of the nation", she said, per the article printed in Eastern on the NHK web sites. Osaka turns 22 on Wednesday.
Osaka added she wants to goal for the gold though she is also anxious as expectations can be high.
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The young tennis sensation is a household name in Japan, where her every move is followed feverishly by local media, particularly when she is in the country of her mother's birth.
Osaka, who resides in the USA, defeated world No.1 Ash Barty in the final of the China Open in Beijing last Sunday.
Japan's Naomi Osaka makes a forehand return during match against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Osaka, western Japan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. But prejudice remains against "haafu", or half-Japanese, including cases of bullying against mixed-race children.
Osaka turned the primary Japanese participant to win a Grand Slam final yr after beating Serena Williams on the US Open.