Tag Archives: Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open 2020

09 September, 2020 12:51 pm 12:51 pm

NEW YORK (AFP) – Newly-crowned US Open winner Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open 2020 due to a sore hamstring on Thursday. Her absence will land a fresh blow to the coronavirus-hit Grand Slam which is already missing world number one Ashleigh Barty. Japan’s Osaka made the announcement just days after lifting her third major … Read More

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Osaka wins second Asian title with victory over Barty in Beijing

10 October, 2019 8:41 pm 8:41 pm

BEIJING (Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka fought back from a set down to beat Australian world number one Ash Barty 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the final of the China Open in Beijing on Sunday. It was world number four Osaka’s second title in the Asian swing after clinching the Pan Pacific Open in Japan last … Read More


Tennis player Tsurenko seeks confidence-boosting French Open win over Halep

06 June, 2019 10:56 am 10:56 am

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Lesia Tsurenko overcame a sudden onset of self doubt after her 30th birthday with a gritty display to beat Aleksandra Krunic in the French Open second round and the Ukrainian will seek another shot in the arm when she meets Simona Halep on Saturday. Tsurenko sealed the second-round win by taking the … Read More

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Stuttering Osaka braced for tough match against Azarenka

05 May, 2019 9:30 am 9:30 am

PARIS (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka expects Thursday’s French Open second-round meeting with a resurgent Victoria Azarenka to be her toughest challenge this year as the world number one struggles to find the form that won her the last two in January Grand Slam titles. Osaka has had a series of inconsistent results amid mounting pressure … Read More


Osaka pulls out of Stuttgart semis with injury, Kvitova through to final

04 April, 2019 9:42 am 9:42 am

BERLIN (Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of semi-finals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after failing to recover from an abdominal injury she suffered in her quarter-final match. The top seed’s withdrawal gives her opponent Anett Kontaveit a walkover and the Estonian goes through to Sunday’s final where … Read More

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Iconic Barbie doll celebrates 60 years of evolution

03 March, 2019 11:48 pm 11:48 pm

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Barbie, the fashion doll famous around the world, celebrates her 60th anniversary on Saturday with new collections honouring real-life role models and careers in which women remain under-represented. It is part of Barbie’s evolution over the decades since her debut at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. To … Read More

Serena ready to claim first Slam as a mum: coach

01 January, 2019 2:08 pm 2:08 pm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams is ready to win her first Grand Slam title as a mother, having arrived at the Australian Open in her best condition since coming back from maternity leave, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Frenchman Mouratoglou, who has guided Williams to the last 10 of her 23 Grand Slam titles, … Read More

Former US Open champ Stephens qualifies for first WTA finals

10 October, 2018 9:47 am 9:47 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens has qualified for her first season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, the WTA Tour said on Monday. Stephens joins fellow Grand Slam champions Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki in the singles field for the Oct. 21-28 event. Two spots remain open … Read More

Emotional Osaka battles past Zhang into Beijing semis

10 October, 2018 9:01 am 9:01 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) – US Open champion Naomi Osaka fought back tears and rallied from a set down to outlast Zhang Shuai 3-6 6-4 7-5 in the China Open quarter-finals . Japan’s Osaka struggled to find her rhythm throughout the contest, making 66 unforced errors, and had tears in her eyes midway through the second … Read More

Pliskova upsets Osaka to win Tokyo final

09 September, 2018 10:19 am 10:19 am

TOKYO (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova stunned home favourite and US Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-4 to win the Pan Pacific Open title in Tokyo on Sunday. Osaka, supremely confident and in top form coming into the final off the back of 10 consecutive wins, looked anxious throughout the contest and allowed Pliskova to win … Read More

Osaka claims US Open title after Serena meltdown

09 September, 2018 8:11 am 8:11 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka became Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion after she thumped Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 in a controversial US Open final with the American suffering a mesmerizing meltdown after being handed a code violation. It was drama-filled conclusion to a final that was rich with storylines but will now go … Read More