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MASON, OHIO - AUGUST 16: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot to Shuai Zhang of China during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 16, 2022 in Mason, Ohio. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by MATTHEW STOCKMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Venus, Osaka exit Cincinnati in first round

Venus Williams and Naomi Osaka both exited the ATP/WTA Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday with straight-set, opening-round losses.
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(FILES) In this file photograph taken on July 1, 2019, Japan's Naomi Osaka looks downwards as she leaves the court after being defeated by Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva during their women's singles first round match on the first day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London. - Former world number one Naomi Osaka pulled out of Wimbledon on June 18, 2022, with an Achilles injury."My Achilles still isn’t right so I'll see you next time," the four-time Grand Slam winner posted on Twitter. Osaka was already considering not playing over the ATP and WTA tours decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points after the All England Club banned Russian and Belarusian players in response to the invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon with ‘Achilles’ injury

Osaka, 24, was already considering not playing over the ATP and WTA tours decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points after the All England Club banned Russian and Belarusian players in response
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Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts as she plays against US' Amanda Anisimova during their women's singles match on day two of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Court Suzanne-Lenglen in Paris on May 23, 2022. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Osaka’s return to French Open ends in first round

Naomi Osaka was knocked out of the French Open in the first round on Monday, 12 months after controversially quitting the tournament.
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Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts as she plays against Amanda Anisimova of the US during their women's singles match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2022. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Osaka returns to French Open with questions over form, fitness

Naomi Osaka returns to Roland Garros looking to banish the memories of her withdrawal 12 months ago but hampered by concerns over her clay-court form and fitness.
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INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks with WTA supervisor Clare Wood after play was disrupted by a shout from the crowd during her straight sets defeat against Veronika Kudermetova of Russia in their second round match on Day 6 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 12, 2022 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Nadal says players should be ready for heckling after Osaka exit

Rafael Nadal on Monday expressed sympathy for Naomi Osaka following her tearful exit at Indian Wells but believes players should learn to deal with hostile fans.
2 years ago
Firefighters work outside an office building where a fire broke out in Osaka on December 17, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Japan fire: the world’s deadliest infernos

Twenty-seven people are feared dead after a blaze swept through a commercial building housing a mental health clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka.
3 years ago
Firetrucks are seen in front of a building, where a fire broke out in Osaka on December 17, 2021. (Photo by JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

27 feared dead in building fire in Japan’s Osaka

Twenty-seven people were feared dead after a blaze swept through a commercial building housing a mental health clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka on Friday, as reports said police considered arson
3 years ago
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates against Marie Bouzkova (not pictured) of the Czech Republic during their Women's Singles first round match on Day One of the 2021 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Sarah Stier / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Osaka advances by walkover and Halep wins at rain-hit US Open

Defending champion Naomi Osaka advanced to the third round of the US Open by walkover on Wednesday as rain showers interrupted play on the New York hardcourts.
3 years ago
(FILES) In this file photo Japan's Naomi Osaka competes against Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles third round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. - Naomi Osaka vowed on August 16, 2021 to give more than just this week's Cincinnati Masters prize money in aid of the earthquake in her father's native Haiti. The natural disaster which has claimed nearly 1,300 victims, prompted an immediate response from the world number two. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Halep earns injury comeback win; Gauff to face Osaka

Simona Halep earned her first victory since last May's calf injury pause as the three-time finalist defeated Magda Linette 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.
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Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles third round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Osaka, Medvedev named top seeds for Canadian events

World number twos Naomi Osaka and Daniil Medvedev have been named top seeds for next week's WTA and ATP tournaments in Canada, organizers announced on Monday.
3 years ago
Japan's tennis player Naomi Osaka carries the Olympic torch in the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. (Photo by Jeff PACHOUD / AFP)

Osaka makes much-anticipated return, Biles targets Olympic history

Japan's Naomi Osaka, star of the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony, returns from her self-imposed tennis exile on Sunday as US legend Simone Biles sets about equalling the all-time record
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