U.S.A. Page 8 n THE ASIAN REPORTER September 17, 2018 Osaka, 20, beats idol Serena to win the U.S. Open GRAND SLAM CHAMP. Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot during a match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Osaka beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/ Frank Franklin II) By Brian Mahoney AP Sports Writer EW YORK — Naomi Osaka walked to the net, the excitement of being a Grand Slam champion mixed with a bit of sadness. She grew up rooting for Serena Wil- liams, even did a report on her way back in third grade. Her dream was to play her idol at the U.S. Open. So when she had actually done it, beating Williams 6-2, 6-4 to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan, why was it so difficult? “Because I know that, like, she really wanted to have the 24th Grand Slam, right?” Osaka said. “Everyone knows this. It’s on the commercials, it’s every- where. “When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person, right? I’m not a Serena fan. I’m just a tennis player playing another tennis player. But then when I hugged her at the net ... I felt like a little kid again.” Osaka teared up as she was finishing her answer, still overwhelmed as she juggled the idea of her winning and Williams losing. Though her nerves on the tennis court don’t show it, it was a reminder of just how youthful the 20-year-old Osaka is. Not since Maria Sharapova was 19 in 2006 has the U.S. Open had a younger women’s champion. The way Williams lost, of course, was what stood out most in the match. The arguments with chair umpire Carlos Ramos and the three code violations — one that gave Osaka a game for a 5-3 lead in the second set when Williams was trying to rally — will be what was most remembered. But not for Osaka, who claimed to not even hear the interactions between Williams and Ramos. What will stay with her is the hug at the net afterward, and Williams’ kind words during the trophy presentation, when she asked a booing crowd to focus its intention on Osaka’s moment. “So for me, I’m always going to remember the Serena that I love,” Osaka said. “It doesn’t change anything for me. N She was really nice to me, like, at the net and on the podium. I don’t really see what would change.” Osaka was nervous before the final, making a few phone calls to her sister in Paris to calm her down. Even during the Virtual learning: Using AI, immersion to teach Chinese By Michael Hill The Associated Press ROY, N.Y. — To learn Chinese in this room, talk to the floating panda head. The Mandarin-speaking avatar zips around a 360-degree restaurant scene in an artificial intelligence-driven instruction program that looks like a giant video game. Rensselaer Polytechnic Insti- tute (RPI) students testing the technology move inside the 12-foot-high, wraparound projection to order virtual bean curd from the panda waiter, chat with Beijing market sellers, and practice tai chi by mirroring moves of a watchful mentor. “Definitely less anxiety than messing it up with a real human being,” says Rahul Divekar, a computer science graduate stu- dent working on the project. “So compared to that anxiety, this is a lot more easy.” The “Mandarin Project” is a joint ven- ture of RPI and IBM. Cognitive and Im- mersive Systems Laboratory researchers are developing a sort of smart room that T Think you’re an organ and tissue donor? Not if you haven’t told your family. 6 1 7 9 Talk to your family about organ and tissue donation. 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I hope to learn a lot from that.” It was that way throughout the tourna- ment for Osaka, who won the second title of her career. She was mostly dominant, dropping only one set in her seven matches, and she saved five of six break points against Williams after erasing all 13 in the semifinals against Madison Keys. That’s the kind of toughness Williams has so often shown in winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one shy of the record. It’s one of the things Osaka always admired about Williams, and made her choose her as the topic of that report years ago. “I colored it and everything,” Osaka said. “I said, ‘I want to be like her.’” On that day, she was better. 9 6 5 1 7 3 4 2 8 2 8 4 9 5 1 6 7 3 6 9 1 2 3 7 5 8 4 5 3 7 6 4 8 1 9 2 Give blood. To schedule a blood donation call 1-800-G IVE-LIFE or visit HelpSaveALife.org. VIRTUAL CLASSROOM. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) graduate student Xiangyang Mou prac- tices tai chi with an avatar in a campus studio at RPI in Troy, New York, in this August 22, 2018 file image taken from video. The “Mandarin Project” is a joint venture of RPI and IBM. Cognitive and Immersive Systems Labora- tory researchers are developing a sort of smart room that can understand students’ words, answer their ques- tions, and perceive their gestures. (AP Photo/Michael Hill) can understand students’ words, answer Mandarin Project say it isn’t sophisticated their questions, and perceive their enough right now to completely replace gestures. Lessons are presented as games classroom instruction. RPI president Shirley Ann Jackson or tasks, like ordering a meal out. foresees the same type of technology being Divekar orders Peking duck — Beijng kaoya — and the panda fetches the virtual applied to other spaces, such as corporate dish. Divekar says the food was good — Cai boardrooms. When the executives discuss hen hao chi — but he can’t pay the bill. No a potential acquisition, the room will problem, the panda replies — ni keyi xi pan follow the group discussion and produce relevant information seamlessly into the zi — you can wash the dishes. Other scenes include an outdoor market debate. and a garden, each a high-tech twist on “We’re not at the end of the line,” cultural immersion. Jackson says, “but closer to the beginning.” “Our plan is to complete several scenes Wanted: New Oregon of real life in China, to let the student be Supreme Court justice able to have a virtual trip over there,” said Hui Su, director of the lab at RPI. SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Governor Kate Tests on the room with students Brown announced she’s accepting studying Mandarin will continue this applications to fill a pending vacancy on school year as they work on additional the Oregon Supreme Court, created by the scenes, including an airport. A six-week retirement of Justice Rives Kistler on course is being readied for the summer. December 31. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is Brown said she’s looking for applicants ubiquitous in everything from call-center with a wide variety of backgrounds and chat-bots to home assistants. Even some experiences. language instruction products on the Earlier this year, the court gained its market feature AI or virtual reality. first black judge when Brown appointed The Mandarin Project is notable for its scale and sophistication. Computers Adrienne Nelson. In 2015, an Asian- simultaneously interpret speech and American woman, Lynn Nakamoto, gesture to keep a dialogue going. When a became the first minority woman on the student points to a picture and asks bench. Kistler, 69, expressed gratitude for the “What’s that?” computers can come up privilege of working with appellate courts with an answer. And feedback is immediate. When and lawyers. Chief Justice Martha Walters called him Divekar orders dou fu — or tofu — a voice responds “here’s how close you got” and a brilliant thinker who cares deeply about illustrates it with a graph of his the law and people. When Kistler was appointed to the intonation. Another voice gives the precise Supreme Court in 2003, he became the pronunciation. Still, language teachers need not fear for first openly-LGBT state Supreme Court their jobs just yet. Developers of the justice in America.