Naomi Osaka's win over Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open may be remembered for the controversies involving sexism and racism towards Williams but, through it all, no one doubted Osaka's status as a sportswoman who deserved her win.
Following the victory, Osaka appeared on The Ellen Show, where the host asked if she had a celebrity crush.
Her answer: Michael B. Jordan, of course. But little did Osaka know that DeGeneres literally had his number in her phone.
When Osaka revealed she had a celebrity crush on Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan, Ellen said:
"You can make it happen, you're very famous now!"
The comedienne then posed for a selfie with Osaka, which she sent to Jordan from her cell phone!
.@Naomi_Osaka_ won the #USOpen. Now she has her eyes set on @MichaelB4Jordan. https://t.co/kSoqNzZvgZ— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres)1536770042.0
Later, on her Twitter feed, Ellen posted Jordan's video response to Osaka, which was heartwarming to say the least.
I texted @MichaelB4Jordan about @Naomi_Osaka_. Obvi he responded. https://t.co/NNwq2iBcaK— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres)1536773582.0
Jordan told Osaka:
"Ellen hit me up and told me she was having you on the show, so I wanted to send my love and support and just say congratulations. It's a big moment for you, and the way you carry yourself with such humility and grace, it's really amazing to see."
Naomi Osaka got a text from Michael B. Jordan. I wouldn't know what to do with myself 😩 https://t.co/862wOodmBZ— theGrio.com (@theGrio.com)1536890321.0
He went on:
"Just know that all the hard work, the blood, sweat, and tears that you put into this sport, that you put into your journey, people are finally being able to see — and that's a big thing to be proud of. Keep being great, everybody's watching now — me too."
Twitter shipped it in a big way.
Actually... Naomi Osaka and Michael B Jordan would make a cute ass couple 🤔🤔🤔— saint kim ✿ (@saint kim ✿)1536897697.0
@Naomi_Osaka_ Lmao this is the cutest interview ever! Waiting for Michael B Jordan and you to go on a date now!— Zubair Maqsood (@Zubair Maqsood)1536792097.0
naomi osaka freaking out about ellen trying to set her up with michael b jordan is the cutest thing i've ever seen… https://t.co/rjcXEydY6j— ellie (@ellie)1536767747.0
How lucky is Michael B Jordan? https://t.co/opJeK4MeOl— Reem Abulleil (@Reem Abulleil)1536764190.0
@BET Good for her. She took the cute one👌🏼— Okereke Francisca®🌹 (@Okereke Francisca®🌹)1536864349.0
Well, the people who weren't actively pursuing Jordan themselves did, anyway.
Ellen attempted to match-make Naomi Osaka and Michael B. Jordan and hey Ellen I am ALSO trying to get set-up with M… https://t.co/CcPf4Q6IRS— mat whitehead (@mat whitehead)1536790460.0
Here's hoping a date happens...but in the busy worlds of international sports and Hollywood blockbusters, who knows whether their schedules will allow it?
So Michael B. Jordan really not gon take Naomi Osaka out on a date??? I am so disappointed.— Nita, CPA (@Nita, CPA)1536872411.0
Osaka also appeared on NBC's Today Show and spoke about what it was like winning such a controversial U.S. Open final:
"I know that it wasn't really — the ending wasn't how people wanted it to be. I know that in my dreams I won in a very tough, competitive match. I don't know. I just felt very emotional. I felt like I had to apologize."
But if there's one thing everyone agrees on, it's that Osaka has nothing to apologize for.
That beautiful moment Serena Williams asked the fans to stop booing Naomi Osaka at the US Open Finals 2018 celebrat… https://t.co/7iMqtFZhf9— Bubbles247 Media (@Bubbles247 Media)1536495258.0
Keep being great, Osaka. You've caught Michael B. Jordan's eye, so you must be doing something very, VERY right!
@EBONYMag Miss Naomi Osaka...dreams do come true. May God continue to bless you and your family.— Katherine (@Katherine)1536851485.0
Ellen DeGeneres is playing cupid for US Open winner Naomi Osaka and her celebrity crush, Michael B. Jordan! Do y… https://t.co/kRYBpDoe0V— Dish Nation (@Dish Nation)1536877141.0