- A butterfly landed on Naomi Osaka throughout her Australian Open third spherical match on Friday.
- The 23-year-old star has taken her sport on hiatus to get the little creature to security.
- As an alternative of flying away, the butterfly landed on its nostril in an lovable and surreal scene.
- Visit the Insider homepage for more stories.
Naomi Osaka is a hero for tennis followers around the globe.
And, now, to butterflies too.
Within the second set of her Australian Open third spherical match on Friday, the 23-year-old’s service routine was adorably interrupted by a butterfly floating round her earlier than touchdown on her left leg. A fan drew his consideration to the customer, shouting “Naomi, there’s a butterfly in your leg!” and as an alternative of crushing the little creature or ignoring it altogether, Osaka leaned down and picked up the butterfly on his left hand.
The gang laughed as she tried to include the butterfly, and eventually grabbed the insect in her hand to hold it to the skin fringe of the court docket. However when Osaka tried to put him safely on an Australian Open-branded towel, the match intruder as an alternative flew via the air and landed immediately on his nostril. She gently captured the butterfly once more and put it to security on the sidelines.
The three-time Grand Slam champion returned to the baseline with a refrain of applause from the gang. And ESPN2 broadcasters have been excited to provide mild play-by-play because it all unfolded.
Osaka received the match in opposition to world quantity 27 Ons Jabeur in a fast 6-3, 6-2 victory. She is going to face Spain worldwide Garbiñe Muguruza, 14th within the fourth spherical.
Watch the total video of Osaka’s encounter with the butterfly beneath: