That saga also prompted an allegedly racist cartoon, when an Australian cartoonist depicted Williams with large, exaggerated lips and a nose reminiscent of racist depictions of black people in the US during the Jim Crow era. In that image, Osaka was portrayed as a blonde woman with pale skin.
The US-based National Association of Black Journalists said the cartoon was “repugnant on many levels.”
Osaka’s grand slam win captured the attention of Japan, which has not produced a female player in the world top 10 since 2004.