Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka vowed to be fit and firing for her Australian Open title defence after her season was abruptly cut short by injury at the WTA Finals on Tuesday.
The prospect of a Naomi Osaka-Serena Williams US Open final rematch that hung tantalisingly over the year’s final Grand Slam disappeared on Monday with Swiss Belinda Bencic the spoiler by claiming a 7-5 6-4 fourth round win over the Japanese holder.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka brought American teen Coco Gauff’s captivating US Open run to a swift end with a 6-3 6-0 win on Saturday to secure her spot in the fourth round.
It has been a roller-coaster 12 months for Japan’s Naomi Osaka since her dramatic victory over Serena Williams in the US Open final last year.
Naomi Osaka’s Grand Slam title wins at the US and Australian Opens have helped catapult the Japanese tennis player up to second, behind Serena Williams, in Forbes’ list of the highest-paid female athletes over the last year.
World number two Naomi Osaka has admitted that the last few months have been “the worst of my life” and that she hasn’t had fun on the tennis court since winning the Australian Open in January.
World number two Naomi Osaka’s hopes of a third Grand Slam title were shredded on Centre Court as she was dumped out of Wimbledon in the first round, losing 7-6(4) 6-2 to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva on Monday.
World number one Naomi Osaka progressed to round two of the Birmingham Classic on Tuesday, but was made to work for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Greece’s Maria Sakkari.
Naomi Osaka’s quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title almost came to an abrupt end on Tuesday as a number of top players struggled to book their spots in the second round of the French Open.
Twelve months ago at Roland Garros, an embarrassed Naomi Osaka bristled at being hailed as the ‘coolest thing’ in tennis.
Naomi Osaka downplayed her straight-sets loss to Belinda Bencic at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Tuesday, saying she was learning to stay positive as she wrestles with the perils of being the world’s top player.
Naomi Osaka has added American Jermaine Jenkins to her support team, the world number one said yesterday.
Naomi Osaka is adamant that her split with Bajin had nothing to do with money.
Novak Djokovic claims a record seventh Australian Open crown as he demolished Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3.
Osaka staved off a fightback from Pliskova to reach her maiden Australian Open final.
Osaka calls for the trainer and took a tablet during her dominant second round win.
US Open champion Naomi Osaka says her breakthrough victory in New York last month still felt “bittersweet”.
Serena Williams’ behaviour in Saturday’s US Open final divided the tennis world.
Japan celebrates Naomi Osaka’s victory over Serena Williams in the US Open final, applauding her humble attitude.
Japan plucks victory from the jaws of defeat to seal a return to the Fed Cup’s elite level.
Venus Williams fends off three match points before outlasting Dutch 29th seed Bertens.
Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka defeated 23-times grand slam champion Serena Williams 6-3 6-2 in the Miami Open.