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Osaka reaches 3rd round of US Open after opponent withdraws

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Osaka had been scheduled to face Olga Danilovic of Serbia in the first match of the day at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Instead, the U.S. Tennis Association moved the match between women's No. 12 seed Simona Halep and Kristi...

Naomi Osaka acknowledges she needs to change her mindset ahead of US Open

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Osaka on Sunday opened up about her personal struggles dealing with the media and the criticism she received for boycotting press availabilities and dropping out of the French Open and Wimbledon. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ...

Medvedev advances to W&S quarterfinals; Osaka knocked out

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He’s just making it look that way. Medvedev, the 2019 champion and last year’s runner-up to Novak Djokovic, advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tune-up event Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Grigor Di...

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 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...

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 will leave Tokyo Olympics without a medal, loses in 3rd round to Marketa Vondrousova

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Naomi Osaka will leave the Tokyo 2020 Olympics without a medal, as the four-time major champion was upset in the third round Tuesday by Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. Vondrousova, a 2019 French Open fina...

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 crowned an Opening Ceremony filled with dramatic moments

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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...

Meghan Markle quietly reached out to Naomi Osaka amid mental health break from tennis

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The four-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player thanked a number of famous faces, including the Duchess of Sussex, for their encouragement in an essay for Time magazine’s Olympic preview issue. "I wa...

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 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...

Naomi Osaka says the press conference format is in ‘great need of a refresh’

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Naomi Osaka says the press conference format between journalists and athletes is "out of date," as the Japanese star penned a first-person essay on mental health in TIME magazine's latest issue. The four-time grand ...

Tennis legend Boris Becker blasts Naomi Osaka for skipping Wimbledon

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"If you can’t deal with the media, it’s very difficult to be a professional tennis player," Becker told the paper. "The tour isn’t possible without the press. And it’s difficult to make your prize money, or money for...

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 ...