Don’t come for Naomi Osaka!
On Wednesday on Instagram, the tennis player posted a pic of herself with childhood idol Serena Williams.
The Japanese athlete captioned the sweet snap, “me and my mom lol.”
However, some criticized the 22-year-old for referring to the 38-year-old as her “mom.”
Per a screenshot posted by The Shade Room, one commenter wrote, “more like big sister.”
Another social media user agreed with the comment, adding, “it was bit improper to call her mom.”
In response, Osaka clapped back at the criticism, exclaiming, “I literally would not be here without her. If that’s not some definition of mom idk what is. But sure, get offended by my Internet slang I guess.”
At the 2018 U.S. Open, Osaka famous defeated Williams during the finals, and became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
In August 2019, Serena defeated Naomi in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup.
“I knew her game a little bit more, so that’s a little easier. I’m just overall a little bit better,” Williams said after the match. “I know her game. I watch her a lot. I know what I need to do to hopefully try to get a win today, and it helped a little bit. I go into every match thinking I can do it, but sometimes that doesn’t happen.”