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Unseeded Naomi Osaka rallies past Belinda Bencic to reach Miami final

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Naomi Osaka’s eyes welled with tears when her match ended, an all-too-familiar scene for her in recent years. These were of the happy variety. For the former world No 1, that’s major progress. The unseeded Osaka defea...

Naomi Osaka reduced to tears after being heckled in Indian Wells defeat

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Naomi Osaka was reduced to tears after being heckled during her second-round defeat to Veronika Kudermetova in Indian Wells. The Japanese player, who missed parts of the 2021 season because of mental health issues, wa...

‘I’m not God. I can’t win every match’: Osaka upbeat after Australian Open exit – video

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Naomi Osaka was upbeat despite her three-set defeat by Amanda Anisimova.  For all the contention around her dislike of press conferences, the Japanese four-time major champion sat in one for 15 minutes and spoke expan...

Defending champion Osaka out but not down after Australian Open exit

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In months and years gone by, a third-round grand-slam loss to an unheralded opponent might have given Naomi Osaka cause for heavy rumination. She may have agonised over every headline and carried every morsel of feedb...

Osaka eases through in the spotlight while Krejcikova stays under the radar

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As the sunlight slowly began to fade on Wednesday in Melbourne Park, two of the top women’s players were holding fort on two most prominent courts across the grounds. On Rod Laver Arena, the night session was all but ...

Osaka shrugs off expectations and Barty sets tone on day one of Australian Open

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As the attention in Melbourne Park swiftly shifted from Australia’s legal courts to its tennis courts, the two most successful women’s players over the past few years both took their first steps towards a possible col...

Naomi Osaka pulls out of WTA event after body gets ‘shock’ on return to tennis

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Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the semi-final of the WTA tournament in Melbourne on Saturday with an abdominal injury, saying her body was in shock after her tennis return. The Japanese former ...

Naomi Osaka adds star power to uncertain Australian Open build-up

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An email from Tennis Australia, offering television networks footage of defending champion Naomi Osaka’s arrival in Melbourne, arrived midway through Tuesday. Even for a country renowned for celebrating the arrival of...

Osaka building fire: fears 27 people have died in Japan blaze

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Twenty-seven people were feared dead after a blaze at a building in the Japanese city of Osaka on Friday, the local fire department said. Police are investigating the blaze as suspected arson, the Kyodo news agency sa...

Naomi Osaka expresses ‘shock’ over missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai

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World No 1 tennis star Naomi Osaka has joined the growing calls for answers on the whereabouts of Chinese player Peng Shuai, who has not been heard from publicly since she accused the country’s former vice premier of ...

Japan election: rightwing populists sweep vote in Osaka

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On a night when an expected challenge by the main opposition party quickly fizzled out, candidates from a tiny local party seized one seat after another in Japan’s general election, turning an economically vital regio...

‘I’m dealing with stuff’: Naomi Osaka questions her future in tennis

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Naomi Osaka’s journey to the top took another unexpected turn on Friday when the Japanese tennis star announced she would be taking an indefinite break from the sport following her shock US Open exit. The 23-year-old,...

Tearful Naomi Osaka questions future after US Open loss to Leylah Fernandez

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Naomi Osaka’s defense of her US Open championship is in tatters and her immediate future on the women’s professional tennis tour in doubt after a shocking defeat to the unseeded Leylah Annie Fernandez, a Canadian teen...

Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka highlight the untenable pressures of Big Sport

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There are so many well-worn quotes about sport and pressure. Pressure makes diamonds. Pressure is for tyres. The greatest pressure is the pressure we put on ourselves. People often say cliches exist because they’re tr...

Naomi Osaka stunned as face of Tokyo Games knocked out of Olympic tennis

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Naomi Osaka will not win an Olympic medal on home soil in Japan after she was upset in the third round of the Tokyo Games by Markéta Vondroušová of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4. Osaka, who opened her home Games by ligh...

Osaka eases into third round of Olympic women’s singles but Swiatek goes out

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As prominent names continued to crumble around her, Naomi Osaka advanced in the women’s singles by defeating Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round. After lighting the Olympic cauldron and ...

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