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Osaka clings to top spot as Halep cuts gap in world rankings

May 13, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The Japanese star will stay at the summit for at least another week as the Romanian misses the chance to reclaim the throne

SUMMIT. Naomi Osaka keeps her spot at the top of the world rankings. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP


Naomi Osaka still atop WTA rankings

May 06, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Japanese tennis wonder maintains her lead over Petra Kvitova and Simon Halep

ALL SMILES. Naomi Osaka has every reason to be happy as he keeps hold of the top spot in the WTA rankings. File photo by David Gray/AFP


Injured Naomi Osaka pulls out of Stuttgart Open semifinals

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The world No. 1 is scheduled to play a semifinal tie against Anett Kontaveit, but chooses to withdraw from the match

BACK OUT. Naomi Osaka, though, is thankful she sustained the injury at the beginning of the clay season and not close to the French Open. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP


Halep closes on world No. 1 Osaka

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Simona Halep's 2019 Miami Open semis berth cuts the gap between her and Naomi Osaka

CLOSE NO.2. Simona Halep is currently WTA's World No. 2. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

AirAsia to fly Manila-Osaka route starting July 2019

Mar 31, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Budget airline AirAsia also announces a promo fare for this new route for its loyalty program members

Osaka Castle, Japan and Fort Santiago, Manila. Photos from Shutterstock

Osaka silent over ex-coach lawsuit as Miami Open begins

Mar 21, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The former coach of world No. 1 Naomi Osaka wants at least 20% of her career earnings

STILL NEW. Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka says she’s still adjusting to her newfound fame. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Osaka on track in Indian Wells title defense

Mar 12, 2019 - 4:05 PM

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka advances to the 4th round of her Indian Wells 2019 campaign

RISING STAR. Naomi Osaka continues her bid for back-to-back titles in the 2019 Indian Wells tournament. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Osaka cites 'happiness' as motive behind coaching split

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The Japanese parts ways with Sascha Bajin despite winning the US and Australian Opens and claiming the world No. 1 ranking under the renowned coach

STILL THANKFUL. Naomi Osaka says she is grateful for everything Sascha Bajin did for her. Photo by David Gray/AFP


World No. 1 Naomi Osaka in shock split with tennis coach

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Naomi Osaka will no longer work together with Sascha Bajin after winning back-to-back Grand Slams

SPLIT. Naomi Osaka moves on in her tennis career without her former coach Sascha Bajin. File photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Australian Open winner Osaka leaps to No. 1

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The 21-year-old Japanese player gets past former world No. 1 Simona Halep

NEW QUEEN. Naomi Osaka soars to the top of the world rankings with back-to-back Grand Slams. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP


WATCH: Osaka embraces pressure, eyes 'Naomi Slam'

Jan 27, 2019 - 4:23 PM

'I'm not going to lie and say that thought hasn't crossed my mind,' Naomi Osaka on eyeing the French Open and Wimbledon titles next

PUMPED UP. After winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles, 21-year-old Naomi Osaka says she’s hungry for more. Photo by Fiona Hamilton/Tennis Australia/AFP

WATCH: Guess who's world No. 1… me! – Osaka

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Japan's Naomi Osaka says she's shocked to pull off the win that propelled her to the top of the world ranking

JOY. Naomi Osaka gets to relish her Grand Slam win this time unlike her tearful title romp in the US Open. Photo from Australian Open

New world No. 1: Osaka rules Australian Open

Jan 26, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Japanese star Naomi Osaka becomes the first Asian to hold the world's top tennis ranking

BACK-TO-BACK. Naomi Osaka outlasts Petra Kvitova to capture her second straight Grand Slam crown. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

WATCH: Djokovic, Nadal set up Australian Open title showpiece

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prove to be unforgiving in their march to the 2019 Australian Open final

HISTORIC. Records are in sight in the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal title duel. Photos from AFP

Osaka sets up Australian Open final with Kvitova

Jan 24, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Japanese star Naomi Osaka outlasts Karolina Pliskova in the semifinal to reach a second straight Grand Slam title decider

BIG TARGET. Naomi Osaka bids to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2015 to rule the US and Australian Opens back to back.Photo by David Gray/AFP

Japan's Osaka powers past injured Svitolina into Open semis

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Naomi Osaka reaches her second straight Grand Slam semifinal in the Australian Open

STILL IN IT. Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after a point against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their women's singles quarterfinal match. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Zverev implodes as Osaka sets up Svitolina quarterfinal

Jan 21, 2019 - 3:08 PM

The German throws a major tantrum while the Japanese keeps her composure to advance to the last 8 of the 2019 Australian Open

DIFFERENT ROUTES. Alexander Zverez crashes out while Naomi Osaka advances in the 2019 Australian Open. Photos by Javier Soriano/AFP (Zverev) and Greg Wood/AFP (Osaka)


Japan's Osaka outlasts Hsieh to make Australian Open last 16

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:57 AM

Naomi Osaka survives an error-filled match to equal her best finish in the Australian Open

ALL-ASIAN MATCH. Naomi Osaka rallies back to crash into the last 16 after defeating Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei. Photo by David Gray/ AFP

Osaka romps as Halep and Raonic battle through Open epics

Jan 17, 2019 - 7:27 PM

World No. 1 Simona Halep staggers through as Japanese pair Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori survive on a day of epic battles in the Australian Open

SWEEP. Naomi Osaka hits a return against Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek in the Australian Open duel the Japanese star won in straight sets. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Osaka says poor attitude cost her Brisbane semifinal

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'If I'm being really frank, I just feel like I had the worst attitude today,' says US Open champion Naomi Osaka after falling short at the Brisbane International

Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after being defeated by Sloane Stephens of the US during their singles match at the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on October 22, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Osaka cruises as Konta sends Stephens packing

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Osaka and Konta both advance to the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International

WINNING COLUMN. Naomi Osaka starts the new year on the right track. File photo Roslan Rahman/AFP


Serena eyes 'bigger and better things' after US Open drama

Dec 28, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Back in great shape, Serena Williams targets the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles

CHASING HISTORY. Moving on from the controversial US Open final, Serena Williams hopes to tie Margaret Court’s championship record. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

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


Typhoon Trami pounds Japan, dozens injured

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) At least of 65 people are reported to have sustained injuries

STRONG WINDS. A pedestrian holds his broken umbrella a she walks against a strong wind after Typhoon Trami hit the city of Kagoshima, on Kyushu island, on September 30, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/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

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(4th UPDATE) The typhoon has swept a 2,500-ton tanker into the bridge to Kansai International Airport, the region's main international gateway and a national transport hub

TYPHOON JEBI. This handout picture released by Kansai airport coast guard air base on September 4, 2018 and received through Jiji press shows a tanker after it collided with a bridge connecting to Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi's strong winds in Izumisano city, in Osaka prefecture. AFP PHOTO/Kansai airport coast guard air base

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to typhoon Jebi, September 5

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Philipine Airlines says in its advisory it is anticipating further disruptions to flights to and from Kansai as Typhoon Jebi batters Osaka

CLOSED DUE TO TYPHOON. Kansai International Airport is closed due to typhoon Jebi, prompting cancellations to and from Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shutterstock.

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to Typhoon Jebi, September 4

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Jebi causes the temporary closure of Kansai International Airport, disrupting a number of flights to and from it

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. A Philippine Airlines plane at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Photo from Shutterstock.

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

No Filipinos hurt after strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan – DFA

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'We express our condolences to the government of Japan over the loss of lives in this morning's earthquake in the Kansai Region,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after a magnitude-5.3 earthquake in Osaka, Japan

OSAKA EARTHQUAKE. Police check a collapsed road following an earthquake in Takatsuki, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. Photo by STR/Jiji Press/AFP

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Jun 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

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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

Ryza Cenon wins Yakushi Pearl Award for 'Mr and Mrs Cruz' at Osaka film fest

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:52 PM

Director Mikhail Red also wins the Most Promising Talent Award for his film 'Neomanila'

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)

Cebu Pacific to add holiday season flights to Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The budget carrier will increase its flights from Manila to Tokyo Osaka and Nagoya as well as Hanoi and Bali beginning 4th quarter of 2017 until the 1st quarter of 2018