TOKYO (AP) — What a moment for Naomi Osaka. For the new Japan.
For racial injustice. For female athletes. For tennis.
The four-time Grand Slam winner has lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
Osaka was born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother.
She moved to the U.S. when she was 3.
She is the world’s highest-earning female athlete and has been outspoken about racial injustice.
She writes on Instagram that lighting the cauldron is “undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life.”