Several months after trolls accused Naomi Osaka of failing to ‘maintain her innocent image’ by posing in a bikini, the tennis pro is back on Instagram with more sizzling beachside photos.
The 23-year-old uploaded three new shots on the social media platform on Thursday, each of which shows her frolicking on a gorgeous white sand beach in a a frilly white bikini and sheer cardigan.
Perhaps anticipating more nasty comments from critics, the number-three ranks women’s tennis player simply captioned the snaps: ‘Chill.’
Looks fun! Naomi Osaka is back on Instagram with more sizzling beachside photos
Jealous! The 23-year-old uploaded three new shots on the social media platform on Thursday, each of which shows her frolicking on a gorgeous white sand beach in a a frilly white bikini
Extras: The pro added a gold anklet, a gold necklace, a white scrunchie on her wrist, and statement-making sunglasses.
Naomi — whose 23rd birthday is today, October 16 — appears to be off somewhere sunny celebrating the happy occasion, though she didn’t indicate where she is.
The weather is certainly nice there, as Naomi is pictured posing in front of clear, crystal-blue waters and an equally blue sky.
The Grand Slam singles champion dressed up in a white bikini and cardigan, and accessorized with a white scrunchie on her wrist and gold jewelry around her neck and ankle.
She finished off the look with a pair of statement-making black-and-white shades.
Naomi, who was born in Japan but lives in Florida, was quickly flooded with fawning comments.
‘A great player and a gorgeous woman,’ wrote one.
They wrote that she looks ‘so damn gorgeous,’ is ‘so beautiful,’ and ‘breathtaking.’
Unfortunately, the star received some different responded earlier this year when she shared some other bikini snaps taken in her Florida backyard.
Outrage: In July, Naomi posted a series of snaps of herself at the pool during lockdown — only to face cruel comments about her ‘chunky body’ and criticism over her ‘half naked’ look
In July, Naomi posted an image of herself in a pair of blue bikini bottoms and a vibrant yellow sweater.
While many people including Hailey Bieber were quick to post positive comments on the image, others made leering observations about the Japanese-born sportstar’s body, branding her ‘chunky’ and calling out the fact that she wasn’t wearing pants.
‘Pants game non[existent],’ one person wrote, while another simply commented: ‘Chunky dunky.’
One Instagram user told the tennis star that she should be ‘focusing on the upcoming competitions,’ suggesting that posting images of herself will stop her from winning — despite the fact that she has also shared videos of herself working out and practicing on the courts.
Under fire: She later posted several more images of herself in bikinis
Hitting back: This time, Naomi hit back at the trolls on Twitter
‘I don’t get why you would post half naked pics of yourself,’ another chimed in. ‘Have some class… you don’t need to do this.’
When Naomi shared a series of bikini images in mid-July, she faced similar comments from followers, with one even claiming that she was only sharing photos of herself in swimwear because she ‘needs a boyfriend.’
‘She probably needs a boyfriend, but doesn’t want the press to say something nasty about it,’ the person wrote.
This time, Naomi hit back at the trolls on Twitter.
‘I just wanna say it’s creeping me out how many people are commenting @ me to maintain my “innocent image” and “don’t try to be someone your not,”‘ the 2018 US Open champion wrote.
She then proceeded to rage against anyone who thinks that they have a right to comment on another person’s wardrobe, tweeting: ‘You don’t know me, I’m 22, I wear swimsuits to the pool. Why do you feel like you can comment on what I can wear?’
‘I just wanna say it’s creeping me out how many people are commenting @ me to maintain my “innocent image” and “don’t try to be someone your not,”‘ the 2018 US Open champion wrote
Superstar: The sports star first shot to global fame after beating Serena Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open (pictured)
Debate: Naomi’s US Open win was clouded by controversy after Serena was slammed for yelling at the umpire when he handed her a string of fines
Naomi has spent years on the professional tennis circuit, but she shot to fame in 2018 after beating Serena Williams in the final of the US Open during a heated game in which Serena shouted at the umpire for issuing her with a string of fines.
Despite the bitter controversy surrounding the match, Naomi has gone on to find great success both on and off the courts, winning the Australian Open in 2019 — before unseating Serena as the world’s highest-paid female athlete earlier this year.
In May, Forbes revealed that Naomi raked in $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over the last year — $1.4 million more than Serena who had topped the list for the previous four years.
Part of the stable of management group IMG, Naomi currently has 15 sponsorship deals, including with global brands such as Nike, Nissan Motors, Shiseido, and Yonex.
At the US Open in August and September of this year, Naomi wore a series of statement-making face masks with the names of slain black men and women who have been killed by police or in other racist attacks.
Making a statement: Naomi wore a ‘Trayvon Martin’ face mask to the US Open on September 6
‘I know his death wasn’t the first, but for me it was the one that opened my eyes to what was going on,’ she said
Among them were Trayvon Martin, whose name she wore on a mask on September 6. The 17-year-old high school student was shot and killed by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman while walking home in Florida in 2012.
Though Trayvon was unarmed and ran away from Zimmerman, who was following him, Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges on grounds of self defense.
‘I remember Trayvon’s death clearly,’ Naomi wrote on Instagram on Monday following the match. ‘I remember being a kid and just feeling scared.
‘I actually didn’t wear hoodies for years cause I wanted to decrease the odds of “looking suspicious.”
‘I know his death wasn’t the first, but for me it was the one that opened my eyes to what was going on.
Highligtht: On September 4, Naomi wore a mask featuring the name Ahmaud Arbery for her Women’s Singles third round match against Marta Kostyuk of the Ukraine
‘No one can really paint the narrative that he was a bad guy because they had so many stories and so many warmhearted things to say about him,’ Naomi said of Elijah McClain
‘I remember watching the events unfold on tv and wondering what was taking so long, why was justice not being served,’ she went on. ‘To see the same things happening over and over still is sad. Things have to change.’
On September 4, Naomi wore a mask featuring the name Ahmaud Arbery for her Women’s Singles third round match against Marta Kostyuk of the Ukraine.
Ahmaud, 25, was shot and killed while jogging in Georgia. He had been followed by Travis McMichael, Travis’ father Gregory, and William Bryan, who pursued him in two vehicles.
The McMichaels have been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and other crimes and are awaiting trial.
‘I would like everyone to know that it was completely avoidable — this did not have to happen,’ she said of Arbery’s death. ‘None of these deaths had to happen. I just want everyone to know the names.’
Solidarity: Naomi’s first mask in the series, which she wore for her match against Misaki Doi of Japan on August 31, paid homage to Breonna Taylor
Taking a stand: In August, Naomi sat out of a semifinals match in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake. She released this satement
Other masks featured the names of Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain, among others.
In August, Naomi sat out of a semifinals match in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
‘Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis,’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction.
‘Watching the continued genocide of black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach.
‘I’m exhausted of having a new hashtag pop up every few days and I’m extremely tired of having this same conversation over and over again. When will it ever be enough?’