The U.S. Open has drawn to a close here in New York, and it was an exciting tournament as usual. On the men’s side, we saw the continued comeback of Novak Djokovic, whose winning ways followed him from Wimbledon earlier this summer. Likewise, the women’s side saw a resurgent Serena Williams make it to the final, only to be stopped by a relative newcomer in the form of the 20-year-old Japanese challenger Naomi Osaka. Osaka defeated Willians 6-2, 6-4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center’s Ashe Stadium, and she did it with a Citizen watch on her wrist.
The women’s final was not without controversy though. Serena Williams, almost certainly the greatest female tennis player of all time, suffered from what she perceived to be unfair treatment from the match’s chair umpire, who penalized her for receiving coaching from the stands (a no-no in competitive tennis). He then further penalized her for her reaction to that initial penalty. However, while fans booed during the awards ceremony, Williams encouraged the crowd to quiet down and to celebrate Osaka instead of focusing on her.
Osaka, who is a Citizen ambassador, is the first Japanese-born tennis player to win the singles championship of a Grand Slam tennis tournament. On her wrist throughout the match was the Eco-Drive Bluetooth BZ4006-01E (seen above). The watch’s 40.5mm case is made of Citizen’s proprietary Super Titanium with rose gold colored accents on the crown, pusher, and bezel. The movement is a light-powered Eco-Drive movement that can run for up to four years on a full charge and offers connectivity to smartphones via Bluetooth. While retaining the look of a traditional analog watch, it provides notifications for the wearer when he or she receives a call, a message, or a social media notification, plus you’ve got a handful of alarm and world time functions too.
You can learn more about the Eco-Drive Bluetooth BZ4006-01E here.