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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


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Osaka sets up quarter-final clash with Andreescu in Beijing

10 October, 2019 8:51 pm 8:51 pm

BEIJING (Reuters) – Fourth seed Naomi Osaka beat American Alison Riske 6-4 6-0 in the China Open in Beijing on Thursday to set up a quarter-final clash with US Open champion Bianca Andreescu. Osaka, who won the Pan Pacific Open in Japan last month, converted five of eight break points and won the final 10 … Read More


Osaka sets up Pan Pacific Open title clash with Pavlyuchenkova

09 September, 2019 11:48 pm 11:48 pm

Tokyo (Reuters) – World number four Naomi Osaka showed no signs of fatigue as she powered past Belgium’s Elise Mertens 6-4 6-1 in her second match of the day to reach the Pan Pacific Open final on Saturday. Osaka was forced to double up after persistent showers had washed out her quarter-final against Yulia Putintseva … Read More


Home favourite Osaka makes winning start at Pan Pacific Open

09 September, 2019 4:23 pm 4:23 pm

TOKYO (Reuters) – Hometown hero Naomi Osaka recovered from a sluggish start to beat Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 7-5 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals at the Pan Pacific Open in Japan on Wednesday.  Making her first appearance at the tournament after a first-round bye, Osaka’s serve looked shaky in the early stages and she soon … Read More


Defending, champion, Osaka, falls, Bencic, US Open

Defending champion Osaka falls to Bencic at US Open

09 September, 2019 11:50 pm 11:50 pm

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Holder Naomi Osaka of Japan was upset 7-5 6-4 by Belinda Bencic in the fourth round at the US Open on Monday as the Swiss reached the quarter-finals for the second time. Bencic, seeded 13th, broke the world number one in the first game of the match under the closed roof … Read More


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Trump, Xi set for high-stakes trade war talks in Japan

06 June, 2019 8:43 am 8:43 am

OSAKA (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set for a high-stakes meeting in Japan on Saturday that could salvage trade talks or plunge the world’s two largest economies into a deeper trade war. The dispute has already cost companies in both countries billions of dollars, disrupted global manufacturing and … Read More


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Serena, Osaka exits open Paris boulevard for Halep

06 June, 2019 8:48 am 8:48 am

PARIS (Reuters) – Simona Halep’s path to a second successive French Open title cleared up in spectacular fashion on Saturday after 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and world number one Naomi Osaka exited Roland Garros in the third round. Williams failed to recover from a woeful start against fellow American Sofia Kenin as the … Read More


Osaka, Kvitova, deep, advance, Stuttgart, semis

Osaka, Kvitova dig deep to advance to Stuttgart semis

04 April, 2019 11:55 pm 11:55 pm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka came from behind in the final set to beat Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) on Friday and move into the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semi-finals.  Osaka comfortably won the opening set but was tested by the Croatian, who pushed her to the limit in the second … Read More


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World number one Osaka signs with Nike

04 April, 2019 10:39 am 10:39 am

TOKYO (Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka has agreed a deal with Nike, the sports apparel giant has announced. The Japanese, who had previously been tied to rival Adidas, will first wear Nike gear at the Stuttgart Grand Prix later this month, the US sportswear maker said on its website. “I’m proud to become … Read More


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Osaka edges Kvitova to claim Australian Open crown

01 January, 2019 5:39 pm 5:39 pm

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka overcame nerves and a spirited challenge from double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to claim the Australian Open title with a 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4 win on Saturday. It was a second successive Grand Slam title for the Japanese, after her US Open triumph in September, and she became the first Asian … Read More


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Osaka books maiden Australian Open quarter-final spot

01 January, 2019 12:20 pm 12:20 pm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – US Open champion Naomi Osaka said she drew inspiration from Stefanos Tsitsipas’s shock win over Roger Federer after booking her maiden Australian Open quarter-final spot with a grinding 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova on Monday. The Japanese fourth seed had to come back from a set down for a second … Read More


Tennis – Osaka pins Singapore losses on serving woes

10 October, 2018 8:35 am 8:35 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka used her potent serve to punishing effect to claim the US Open title last month but the Japanese has been unable to harness it’s full power at the WTA Finals, losing her opening two round-robin matches in tight three-setters. Defeats by Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber have left Osaka on … Read More


Frustrated Osaka looking for answers after opening defeat

10 October, 2018 8:45 am 8:45 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka was left frustrated with her performance after she opened her debut WTA Finals tournament with a 7-5 4-6 6-1 defeat against Sloane Stephens, the US Open champion admitting she never really felt comfortable against the American. “Yeah, it was kind of hard for me. My timing was really off. I … Read More


Osaka becomes third player to secure WTA Finals berth

10 October, 2018 10:22 am 10:22 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – US Open champion Naomi Osaka has become the third player to secure a berth at the season-ending WTA Finals later this month after the 20-year-old from Japan amassed enough points in the Race to Singapore to qualify for the eight-woman event. Osaka stunned Serena Williams in straight sets to claim her and … Read More


Game, set, match: Nissan signs rising tennis star Osaka as brand ambassador

09 September, 2018 12:00 pm 12:00 pm

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co said on Thursday it had signed US Open champion Naomi Osaka as its next brand ambassador, tapping the tennis star’s youth, drive and Japanese roots to appeal to younger customers. Osaka, 20, shot to international fame on Saturday when she defeated 36-year-old American Serena Williams at … Read More