Photo/IllutrationNaomi Osaka receives an honorary award from Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui in Osaka on Sept. 16. (Yuka Honda)

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OSAKA--Tennis sensation Naomi Osaka wowed locals here when she showed up to accept two awards on Sept. 16.

The player was born in Osaka and moved to the United States when she was 3.

Osaka's mayor and the prefectural governor each presented Osaka, 21, with an honorary certificate, reserved for athletes who have special ties to the city or prefecture and have achieved spectacular results on the world stage.

Osaka won the Australian Open in 2019 and the U.S. Open in 2018.

The awards were intended to give the player a boost for matches at the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament, which started the same day in the city.

Osaka appeared happy to be home and thanked everybody for their warm welcome.

“As Osaka citizens, we are proud of her achievements,” said Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui. He added that he wished he could have also presented her with the People’s Honor Award, a commendation that is the prerogative of the prime minister to hand out.