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Naomi Osaka denies Serena Williams a shot at record-tying 24th major title at Australian Open

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Serena Williams has been denied her opportunity to match Australian Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles after she was beaten by 23-year-old Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday....

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon to take ‘personal time,’ will compete at Olympics

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Osaka, who recently withdrew from the French Open because of her decision not to fulfill her media requirements, announced in a statement through her team that she would not participate at Wimbledon later this month ...

Fernandez, 18, beats Kerber at US Open to follow Osaka upset

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . With grit and guile, and a veteran's poise in the face of a big deficit against a much more accomplished opponent, the unseeded Fernandez grabbed the last five games to defeat 20...

Naomi Osaka: High pressure of Olympics ‘a bit much’

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The second-ranked Japanese tennis star lost 6-1, 6-4 to the former French Open finalist. She said after the match she was starting to feel some of the pressure as being one of the faces for the Games. Osaka lit the O...

Naomi Osaka loses in shocking upset at US Open to teen Leylah Fernandez

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In a stunning result, US Open defending champion Naomi Osaka lost her third-round match to Canada's Leylah Fernandez in three sets, as the world No. 3 and four-time major champion uncharacteristically showed signs o...

Tennis officials in Naomi Osaka saga ‘needed to be more compassionate,’ ex star says

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Shriver, who won four French Open doubles titles, told the New York Post that tennis officials needed to be "more compassionate" in this situation. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . "They needed to be more comp...

Naomi Osaka to donate prize money to Haitian earthquake relief efforts

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Naomi Osaka has pledged to donate her earnings from next week's Western & Southern Open to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, the Caribbean nation her father hails from. The four-time Grand Slam champion...

After win, Osaka skips news conference in Paris, as promised

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That didn't mean she avoided a question about her problems succeeding on red clay. Osaka returned to Roland Garros after skipping the trip last time, turning in a mistake-filled 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked ...

Olympic torch runs through empty park in Osaka as cases rise

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It came on the same day that the government said new coronavirus cases in Osaka hit 1,099, a single-day record for Japan's second largest metropolitan area. The torch relay began three weeks ago in northeastern Japan...

Naomi Osaka suggests ‘better’ press conference format, giving pro athletes ‘mental break’ from scrutiny

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Osaka’s letter was published in Time Magazine and comes after she bowed out of the French Open amid criticism and threats of punishment over skipping media availabilities that come with tournaments. Osaka, at the tim...

Bubba Watson says anxiety struggles of Naomi Osaka ‘hits a little close to home’

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Watson said her now publicized issues with anxiety, "hits a little close to home for me." "As someone who struggles with anxiety, my heart goes out to Naomi Osaka," he wrote on Twitter. "I applaud her for prioritizin...

Naomi Osaka still haunted by Serena Williams debacle, ex-USTA chair says

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Adams became part of the post-match controversy. The first chapter of "Own The Arena’’ shows how much it affected her life. A former WTA doubles champion voted one of the "most powerful women in sports," Adams believ...

Naomi Osaka ‘happy again’ after Olympics victory

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Osaka withdrew from the French Open amid intense scrutiny over her decision to forgo media appearances. She skipped Wimbledon earlier this month as well. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . On Sunday, Osaka sp...

Naomi Osaka tested by Gauff, wins 3-setter in tour return

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She’s back. Down a set and a break to 17-year-old Coco Gauff, the second-ranked Osaka fought back to pull out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, her first WTA Tour event since the Fr...

Naomi Osaka: Kneeling to protest racism, wearing mask in pandemic ‘so obvious’

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Osaka wrote in an essay published Thursday by Time Magazine that she learned a few things from her mental health break from tennis amid scrutiny over her decision to forgo press conferences. One of the things she sai...

Naomi Osaka lights Olympic cauldron to end Tokyo ceremony

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The tennis star is representing Japan as she looks to win her first Olympic medals. She is the No. 2 seed in the Olympic field and will face 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai on Sunday. Zheng is unseeded in the tournament. CL...

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