Update: Naomi Osaka into 1st Australian Open semifinal

Sports 01/22/19, 20:33

The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):12:28 p.m.Naomi Osaka has reached her first semifinal at the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina.Osaka used her aggressive style and big hitting to compile a 31-11 edge in winners, including eight aces.The No. 4-seeded Osaka ...

Tennis trailblazer Li Na sees some similarities with Osaka

Tennis 01/22/19, 01:56

Li Na saw much of herself in a young player on the women's tour early last year.The two-time Grand Slam champion didn't hesitate to identify Japan's Naomi Osaka as the player with a bright future.So Li, set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July along ...

Update: Li closely follows Osaka’s progress in Australia

Sports 01/21/19, 22:07

The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):2 p.m.Li Na saw much of herself in a young player on the women's tour early last year.The two-time Grand Slam champion didn't hesitate to anoint Japan's Naomi Osaka as the player with a bright future.So, Li Na, to be ...

Trip to Haiti makes Naomi Osaka appreciate her good life

Tennis 01/21/19, 03:20

Naomi Osaka said she's just returned from Haiti where some people struggle to get clean drinking water. This makes her appreciate even more getting into the Australian Open quarterfinals — and her own good life.Haiti is her father's birthplace — her mother Tamaki is Japanese. It's also the poorest country ...

Racket-smashing, tumbling Osaka advances at Australian Open

Sports 01/19/19, 04:49

Naomi Osaka had the umpire warning her for spiking her racket in the first set, and checking on her welfare when she tumbled near the baseline in the next.The U.S. Open champion had a topsy-turvy third-round at the Australian Open on Saturday, getting within two games of elimination before finding ...

Update: Osaka advances to 4th round at Australian Open

Sports 01/18/19, 21:17

The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):1:10 p.m.U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka overcame a frustrating first set and a tricky rival to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Hsieh Su-wei.The fourth-seeded Osaka got a warning from the ...

Osaka, Serena Williams set for action at Australian Open

Tennis 01/18/19, 19:29

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has started her third-round match at the Australian Open against Hsieh Su-wei on Margaret Court Arena.Serena Williams will continue her bid for an eighth Australian title and an Open-era record 24th Grand Slam singles title overall when she plays Dayana Yastremska later Saturday on Rod ...

US Open champion Osaka eases into 2nd round in Australia

Tennis 01/15/19, 08:32

The only bug in the system was of the genuine flying variety when Naomi Osaka secured her first win at a major as a Grand Slam champion.The U.S. Open champion beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-2 to end play at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday at the Australian Open. The only ...

Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane final

Tennis 01/04/19, 23:46

The on-court coaching didn't work this time for U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, who missed a chance to reach the Brisbane International final and move up to the No. 3 ranking with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Leisa Tsurenko.Osaka turned her quarterfinal around on some coach's advice after losing the ...

Some words from the coach inspire Osaka’s quarterfinal win

Sports 01/03/19, 03:02

Naomi Osaka responded to some courtside coaching advice in the most emphatic way, conceding just five points in the second set on her way to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in the Brisbane International quarterfinals on Thursday.The U.S. Open champion was clearly under pressure in the ...

Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

Tennis 11/08/18, 23:28

Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the US. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings.Off the court — on the marketing front — she has the same potential. Maybe more.In this ...

Osaka retires with injury, Bertens reaches WTA semifinals

Tennis 10/26/18, 08:58

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka finished her debut appearance at the WTA Finals on Friday with an injury and an 0-3 record. Osaka was trailing Kiki Bertens 6-3 when she retired from the match with an upper left leg injury. Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a return shot while competing against Kiki ...

Kerber beats Osaka in 3 sets at WTA Finals

Tennis 10/24/18, 11:07

Angelique Kerber held her nerve and held her serve, a combination that helped the Wimbledon champion beat Naomi Osaka 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 on Wednesday at the WTA Finals.Kerber saved 13 of the 18 break points she faced, including five in the final game of the first set, to improve to ...

Stephens beats Osaka in 3 sets at WTA Finals

Tennis 10/22/18, 11:02

In a match between the last two U.S. Open champions, Sloane Stephens came out on top.The 2017 champion beat Naomi Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Monday at the WTA Finals, the season-ending tournament for the top eight players in the world.Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot to Sloane Stephens of ...

Osaka set for showdown against Stephens at WTA Finals

Tennis 10/20/18, 03:25

Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens, the last two U.S. Open champions, will make their career debuts at the WTA Finals by playing each other in their first match in Singapore on Monday.The initial stage of the eight-player WTA Finals field is a round-robin competition with two teams of four players. ...

Osaka drawn with 2 other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals

Tennis 10/20/18, 02:38

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore.Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are in the other group for the end-of-season tournament starting on ...

Wozniacki wins 2nd China Open title

Tennis 10/07/18, 07:12

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3 to win the China Open and her third WTA title of the year on Sunday.The victory was also the Dane's second in Beijing, eight years after the first.Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts after beating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the women's singles final ...

Sevastova beats Osaka 6-4, 6-4 in China Open semifinal

Tennis 10/06/18, 05:36

Anastasija Sevastova beat U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the China Open final.The 20th-ranked Latvian will face the winner of the semifinal between China's Wang Qiang and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.Naomi Osaka of Japan receives medical treatment during a set break while competing against Anastasija Sevastova ...

Osaka into China Open semifinals with win over Zhang

Tennis 10/05/18, 03:59

Naomi Osaka powered into the semifinals of the China Open on Friday with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over hometown favorite Zhang Shuai.The U.S. Open champion repeatedly found the net in the first set before regaining her rhythm, taking Zhang to five break points in the first game of ...

Osaka into China Open quarters, Zhang upsets Kerber

Tennis 10/04/18, 04:37

Naomi Osaka maintained her strong form since winning the U.S. Open by reaching the China Open quarterfinals by crushing Julia Goerges 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.Osaka made a slow start, saving a break point and enduring five deuces in the eight-minute first game. But she broke Goerges' serve in the next ...

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