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Osaka vows to come back stronger after WTA defeat

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Sloane Stephens silences the error-prone Naomi Osaka in the Singapore WTA Finals

COMEBACK. Japan's Naomi Osaka loses to by Sloane Stephens of the US during their singles match at the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on October 22, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP

US Open champion Osaka says fame won't affect her game

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Still grappling with her newfound stardom, Naomi Osaka vows to remain focused on tennis

STAR POWER. Naomi Osaka says all the attention feels ‘kind of funny.’ Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Japan's Naomi Osaka climbs to 4th in world women's rankings

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The 20-year-old is closing in on third-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany

UP TWO NOTCHES. Thanks to her US Open triumph, Japan's Naomi Osaka improves two places higher in the world rankings. File photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP


Li Na says Naomi Osaka needs 'desire' to go further

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The 20-year-old Japanese has admitted feeling burdened by expectations after winning the US Open against superstar Serena Williams

MENTAL FORTITUDE. Chinese tennis great Li Na (left) believes Japanese Naomi Osaka can maintain her status as world champion if she matches her physical abilities with the will to become a winner. Photos by Fred Dufour/AFP (Li) and Nicolas Asfouri/AFP (Osaka)


US Open title 'not the happiest memory,' says Naomi Osaka

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:35 AM

The 20-year-old Japanese compares her Grand Slam success to eating green tea-flavored ice cream

MOVING FORWARD. Naomi Osaka says she has been trying to move on from her US Open win that saw opponent Serena Williams call chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" and later accused him of sexism. File photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP


Japan's Naomi Osaka blames US Open tears on 'notorious' nerves

Sep 17, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The 20-year-old melted hearts when she burst into sobs as boos rang out following her emphatic win over Serena Williams in a controversial New York final

EMOTIONS. Naomi Osaka says she felt "very overwhelmed" after crying during the awarding ceremonies of her US Open triumph. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez


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Sep 13, 2018 - 10:21 PM

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Naomi Osaka has 'no regrets' over chaotic US Open final

Sep 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The Japanese champion refuses to criticize her childhood idol Serena Williams

GRATEFUL. Naomi Osaka savors her first Grand Slam despite the controversial final match against Serena Williams. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

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Sep 10, 2018 - 2:51 PM

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Mother of all meltdowns: Did Serena overstep the mark?

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association but the debate rages on whether the violations that sparked her meltdown are sexist

ARGUMENT. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the women's singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Serena fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The American star is fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being "a thief" during the stormy final

OUTBURST. Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotions during a women's singles match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

At US Open, power of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is overshadowed by an umpire’s power play

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos turned a minor infraction into a nasty controversy, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams comforts Naomi Osaka after the controversial US Open women's singles final. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena: 'I am not a cheat,' accuses tennis of 'sexism'

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Former world No. 1 Serena Williams says the controversial incident strengthened her belief that male and female players are treated differently

HEATED. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her US Open women's singles finals match against Naomi Osaka. Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Serena Williams' outburst overshadows Japanese Naomi Osaka's historic triumph

HISTORIC. Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the championship trophy after winning the US Open women's singles finals match against Serena Williams. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

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Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 PM

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US Open 2018: Japanese Nishikori, Osaka make history

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese man and woman to reach the semifinals at the same Grand Slam

HISTORIC. Japanese players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are both thrilled to reach the last four. Photos from AFP

Questions and comebacks in the French Open 2018 women's singles

May 26, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka compete in a Grand Slam together for the first time since the 2016 Australian Open

SEEDED. Russia's Maria Sharapova gets seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since testing positive for a banned substance over two years ago. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Tearful Osaka lays out broken heart after U.S. Open loss

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Naomi Osaka fails to advance to the fourth round of the 2017 US Open in tears

HEARTBROKEN. Naomi Osaka failed to match her expectations of advancing to the round of 16. File photos by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP and Facebook (@kaiakanepi)

Japan's Osaka overcomes US Open nerves, ousts defending champ Kerber

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:59 PM

19 year old Naomi Osaka bested world number 1 Angelique Kerber 6 3 6 1

CONQUERED. "I never played a defending champion and also, I was playing on Ashe again, which wasn't really the best memory for me." File photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP