A heartwarming clip of Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek arguing about ice cream flavours has resurfaced online, with the pair set to meet each other in the final of this year’s Miami Open.
Osaka, who received a wildcard for this tournament, has dropped just one set all tournament and served a record 18 aces in her semi-final against Belinda Bencic.
Meanwhile, Swiatek is on a run of 16 consecutive victories and won the Qatar Open and Indian Wells last month.
However, though tennis fans are hotly anticipating the clash between two of the sport’s most renowned stars, the pair are great friends and a video of the two joking on Instagram Live a couple of years ago has gone viral on Twitter again.
Osaka and Swiatek discuss ice cream
During the Covid-19 enforced lockdown in 2020, Osaka and Swiatek chatted to each other on Instagram Live and some of the topics of conversation were hilarious.
At one stage, Osaka asks the Polish star what her favourite Ice Cream flavour is, to which she responds: “Probably cookies and cream.”
Osaka is not best pleased with that particular answer and disdainfully fires back with: “Why? Oh my god, why?”
it's happening 🍦pic.twitter.com/f8DUduaDgk— wta (@WTA) April 1, 2022
After Swiatek then asks if the Japanese star “still likes her”, the four-time major winner jokes: “Ok, I still like you but like it’s really hard to accept this.”
Swiatek then proceeds to add that her second favourite flavour is “chocolate”, a choice Osaka again finds baffling.
“What’s wrong with chocolate,” a mystified Swiatek asks.
“I don’t know. It’s something about the taste. It just tastes weird.”
The clip was reposted by the official WTA account and has so far received more than 100,000 views and 3,000 likes.
Osaka or Swiatek?
While many will have their own opinions on the chocolate ice cream debate, the bigger question is who the favourite is for Saturday’s final in Miami.
On paper, it seems almost impossible to look past Swiatek. The 20-year-old is by far the most in-form player in the world at the minute and has won more matches than anyone else on tour.
The former French Open winner is also the new number one in waiting and will lay down another marker if she claims her third title in succession this weekend.
Equally, however, Osaka has never lost a final at WTA 1000 level and is a four-time major winner.
Though it’s not been an easy last 12 months by any means, there have been signs that she is returning to her best.
Whatever happens, a blockbuster match awaits us. Save the date [Saturday 16:00 GMT] and get the popcorn ready. This one’s going to be good.