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Category: Naomi Osaka

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Naomi Osaka loses to Kristina Mladenovic days after coach split

• Osaka beaten 6-3, 6-3 at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships• Australian Open winner parted with Sascha Bajin this monthThe world No 1, Naomi Osaka, crashed out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after losing in straight sets against France…

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Naomi Osaka: split with coach was refusal to put ‘success over happiness’

• Two-time slam champion parted with Sascha Bajin this month• World No 1 said rumours of money issues are ‘hurtful’Naomi Osaka is adamant that her surprise split with the coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but was because she refused to pu…

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Naomi Osaka’s split with Sascha Bajin a sign of the times and her steeliness | Kevin Mitchell

Few saw the parting coming but it demonstrates the impermanence of the player-coach relationship at the top of world tennisNaomi Osaka splitting with her coach, Sascha Bajin, after little more than a year and two grand slam triumphs together shocked ma…

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World No 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after Australian Open win

Sascha Bajin helped Osaka to two straight major titlesWTA coach of the year wishes Japanese all the bestNaomi Osaka has split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open to secure a second consecutive grand s…

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Naomi Osaka says Wimbledon’s grass is ‘a little bit frightening’

Australian Open winner admits to seeing players ‘sliding and slipping’ on grass and having a fear of the surface, adding: ‘I think I have to change that’Most tennis players dream of winning a grand slam title, very few get anywhere close. At the age of…

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‘I forgot to smile’: Naomi Osaka reacts after her Australian Open triumph – video

Despite squandering three match points at 5-3 in the second set, the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, regrouped to beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to win a dramatic Australian Open final. Her second consecutive grand slam title ensure…

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‘It’s painful’: Petra Kvitova reflects on Australian Open loss to Naomi Osaka – video

Petra Kvitova has said she is unsure of how long it will take her to recover from her loss to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open final. This was the Czech’s first grand slam final since winning Wimbledon in 2014 and the first since she was st…

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Naomi Osaka’s journey from world No 72 to Australian Open champion – video

Naomi Osaka claimed her first Australian Open crown and the world No 1 ranking in a dramatic three-set victory over Petra Kvitova.Osaka denied Kvitova, who suffered career-threatening injuries when she was stabbed two years ago, an emoti…

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Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open final to seal back-to-back grand slams

Osaka beats Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4Latest updates: follow all the reaction in Australia – live!This time the tears were of joy. Tennis already had a star in Naomi Osaka; now it has a superstar. After squandering three match points at 5-3 in the s…

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Osaka and Kvitova chase fairytale finish in Australian Open final

Naomi Osaka is one win from a second straight grand slam after the high drama of her US Open win while Petra Kvitova has battled back from injuries caused by an intruder in her homeSascha Bajin, for seven years a hitting partner for Serena Williams, is…

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‘I’m tan, it’s pretty obvious’: Naomi Osaka responds to ‘whitewashing’ in advert – video

Naomi Osaka said she does not think one of her sponsors are guilty of ‘whitewashing’ after the player, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, was depicted with pale skin in an advertisement.Nissin, who featured the US Open champion in an …

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Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka’s power sets up final against Petra Kvitova

Osaka’s brutal hitting defeats Karolina Pliskova 6–2, 4–6, 6–4Kvitova unpicked surprise package Danielle Collins 7–6 6–0Naomi Osaka kept her hopes of winning back-to-back grand slam titles alive by dispatching Serena Williams’ conqueror Karolina Plisko…

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Australian Open: Serena Williams loses to Karolina Pliskova in thriller match

Pliskova beats Williams 6-4, 4-6, 7-5Naomi Osaka beats Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1Serena Williams, her movement cramped late in the match by a rolled ankle, blew a third-set 5-1 lead, four match points, a rematch with Naomi Osaka and a chance to equal the…

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Naomi Osaka sponsor apologises for ‘whitewashing’ tennis star in ad

Noodle company Nissin says it will ‘pay more attention to diversity issues in the future’One of Naomi Osaka’s sponsors has been forced to apologise after depicting the Japanese tennis star, who is half-Haitian, with pale skin in an advertisement.Nissin…

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Naomi Osaka: ‘This feels like a fresh start – I’m excited every time I play’

She may be known for her sense of humour but the world No 4 feels pressure-free as she contends for the Australian Open titleShortly after last year’s US Open final Naomi Osaka found herself on American television, part of the traditional post-tourname…

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‘Sad day for the sport’: tennis world pays tribute to Andy Murray – video

Some of the world’s leading tennis players have paid tribute to Andy Murray after he announced that his final match could be on Monday. Murray is set to play Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open. The likes of Rafael Nadal, Si…

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Kyrgios and Tomic could learn from Osaka and show us they care | Kevin Mitchell

Naomi Osaka’s candid remarks in defeat are in contrast to both Australians’ claims that they ‘could not care less’ about losingWhen Andy Murray berated a social media troll as “a clown” for accusing him and other senior players of extending their caree…

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Coach’s words send Naomi Osaka on aces spree in Brisbane comeback win

US Open champion beat Anastasija Sevastova 3-6, 6-0, 6-4Osaka hit 11 aces following chat from coach Sascha Bajin Naomi Osaka responded to some courtside advice from her coach in the most emphatic way after dropping the first set in the Brisbane Interna…

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Angelique Kerber v Naomi Osaka: WTA Finals group stage – live!

WTA Finals updates from the match in SingaporeStephens beats Osaka in battle of US Open championsEmail John with any thoughts | Tweet @JohnBrewin_ 1.48pm BST Second set: Kerber* 1-3 Osaka (*denotes server): Kerber again slow on her serve despite gainin…

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WTA Finals: Sloane Stephens beats Naomi Osaka in battle of US Open champions

American comes out on top in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1Both players are making debuts in season-ending tournamentSloane Stephens came out on top in a match between the two most recent US Open champions. The 2017 champion beat Naomi Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 o…