Naomi Osaka explains ‘disturbing’ story behind cryptic note left on Australian Open camera

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Naomi Osaka saw off 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open semi-finals yesterday as then scrawled a cryptic message on the courtside camera lens.

“Mari stop sending werid (sic) images in the groupchat!” the world No 1 wrote, in a nod to her sister.

The inside joke was unknown to the world until Osaka shared the “disturbing” details during an interview with Eurosport.

“She sends really weird images and apparently I spelled ‘weird’ wrong so my bad,” Osaka said.

“She sends really strange images in the group chat to me and my friends. Sometimes it’s a bit disturbing but we love her either way.”

Her sister was flooded with messages on Instagram asking for more details of the images she was sharing.

And Mari posted one of the photos on her story which was of an eyeball being licked. It has since been deleted.

The bizarre graphic was captioned: “To the ppl asking what I send in the gc.”

Meanwhile, Osaka will turn her attention to tomorrow morning’s Australian Open final clash with American Brady.

The two last met in the US Open semi-finals last year in a tie that went the distance.

“I played Brady in the semis of the US Open,” Osaka reflected. “It’s easily one of my most memorable matches.

“I think it was just super high quality throughout. For me, it’s not really surprising at all to see her in another semis or another finals. I don’t know if they’re still playing.

“Yeah, it’s definitely going to be really tough.”

She added: “It’s the only match that I’ve ever played her. But at the same time I haven’t really watched many of her matches, but I do know that I play a little bit different now.

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“I think my returns are better. I think I go – I’m not going to expose myself (smiling).

“Yeah, I think I just play different now. I can’t fully base everything on that match, but definitely it’s something to reference.”

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