Naomi Osaka Channels Zendaya in Challengers

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Naomi Osaka doing her best Zendaya impression.

In a video posted on TIC Toc On Thursday, May 2, an emotional tribute was paid to the 26-year-old four-time Grand Slam champion ChallengersThe hit romantic drama stars Zendaya as a tennis phenom who gets caught up in a steamy love triangle.

“Nobody: After seeing I Challengers,” Osaka captioned her post, in which she put on her sunglasses, swung her racket and showed off her serve. For the background music, he chose a super-intense synth score from the film.

Recently, the screenwriter of the film, Justin KuritzkesSaid that he was inspired to write the script after watching Osaka defeat his idol, Serena Williams, in an upset win at the 2018 US Open. Osaka was then 20 years old – a prodigy much like Zendaya’s character, Tashi Duncan, although Kuritzkes did not base Tashi on Osaka. However, her famously interesting match with Williams was a different story.

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“Immediately, it struck me as this intensely cinematic situation where you’re all alone on your side of the court and there’s another person in this huge tennis stadium who cares as much about what happens to you as you do , but you can’t talk to them,’ Kuritzkes said at a news conference last month. business Insider,


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The match was extremely tense, with fan favorite Williams arguing with the chair umpire carlos ramos To give him three code violations. ,[Y]You stole a point from me, you are also a thief,” he told Ramos.

After the game, which Osaka won 6–2, 6–4, the rivals stood next to each other while observers in the stands applauded the result. Osaka covered her face with the visor of her hat and cried. Williams hugged Osaka, who told the crowd, “I know everyone was cheering [Williams], I’m sorry it had to end this way. I just want to thank you for watching the match.

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This was the moment, Kuritzkes said, for which the story was Challengers It clicked in his mind. “Okay, what if you really need to talk about something? And what if it was something beyond tennis?” he explained. “What if it was something that was going on with both of you? And what if it involves the person on the other side of the net? How do you have that conversation and how can you convey the tension of that situation using devices specific to the film?

drama in Challengers Revolves around a momentous game between former best friends Patrick Zweig (Josh O’Connor) and Art Donaldson (mike fist), who is married to her coach Tashi. To add to the tension, Patrick is her ex-boyfriend whom she cannot leave. Film, directed by Luca GuadagninoOpened No. 1 in theaters last weekend.

(If Osaka wants to pay another social-media tribute, she might consider wearing Zendaya’s “I told you so” T-shirt made viral,