It was less than a week after the 2018 U.S. Open final and Naomi Osaka, the newly crowned queen of tennis, had just arrived in Japan.

There were awkward smiles, staged photographs and the constant click of cameras as the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam singles title had her first close-up with domestic media following that victory.

What did the burgeoning star — fresh off a drama-filled win over Serena Williams — think of her seemingly overnight rise to superstardom?