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Osaka concerned over Peng's whereabouts after assault allegations

  • Peng, one of China's biggest sport stars, said on social media earlier this month that a former member of China's Politburo Standing Committee, Zhang Gaoli, coerced her into sex and that they later had an on-off consensual relationship.
Osaka says she's been shocked to hear about a fellow player who has gone quiet since making a sexual assault allegation against a former top government official in China.(AP)
Osaka says she's been shocked to hear about a fellow player who has gone quiet since making a sexual assault allegation against a former top government official in China.(AP)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 04:04 PM IST
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Naomi Osaka concerned over Peng's whereabouts after assault allegations

  • Naomi Osaka said she was concerned over the wherabouts of fellow tennis player Peng Shuai, who has not been heard from since making allegations of sexual assault against a former Chinese vice premier.
Naomi Osaka. (Getty)
Naomi Osaka. (Getty)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 02:13 PM IST
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US Open women's final draws bigger audience than men's decider on ESPN

The Saturday broadcast of the women's final peaked at 3.4 million viewers while the men's final, which saw Medvedev win his first major title, had a peak of 2.7 million the following day, ESPN said.
Still from US Open women's final
Still from US Open women's final
Published on Sep 15, 2021 11:32 AM IST
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Naomi Osaka attends first Met Gala with Cordae in custom Louis Vuitton dress

  • Naomi Osaka attends her first Met Gala in a custom Louis Vuitton dress that was co-designer by her sister Mari Osaka. She walked the Met red carpet with her boyfriend Cordae. 
Naomi Osaka attends first Met Gala with boyfriend Cordae in custom Louis Vuitton dress(Invision)
Naomi Osaka attends first Met Gala with boyfriend Cordae in custom Louis Vuitton dress(Invision)
Published on Sep 14, 2021 08:01 AM IST
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Osaka weighs another break from tennis after US Open loss

  • "I honestly don't know when I'm going to play my next tennis match," Osaka said in a news conference after losing to Canada's Leylah Fernandez.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, tosses her racket to herself after losing to Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, tosses her racket to herself after losing to Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Updated on Sep 04, 2021 09:46 AM IST
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Osaka tosses racket, loses US Open match to Fernandez

  • Osaka’s game was off. Her composure was gone. By the end, the crowd was booing her for taking too much time between points, turning her back to the court.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, throws her racket down during a match against Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, at the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, throws her racket down during a match against Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, at the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Updated on Sep 04, 2021 07:53 AM IST
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Osaka reaches 3rd round of US Open after opponent withdraws

  • Defending champion Naomi Osaka returned to the third round of the US Open on Wednesday when her opponent withdrew because of illness.
Naomi Osaka of Japan. (Getty)
Naomi Osaka of Japan. (Getty)
Published on Sep 01, 2021 09:36 PM IST
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'Perfectionist' Osaka keen to change mindset at US Open and beyond

Osaka, who began her Flushing Meadows title defence with a 6-4 6-1 win over Czech Marie Bouzkova, withdrew from this year's French Open after being fined and threatened with expulsion for refusing to do media duties.
Naomi Osaka: File Photo(USA TODAY Sports)
Naomi Osaka: File Photo(USA TODAY Sports)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 02:36 PM IST
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Osaka kicks off US Open title defence with straight sets win

Unseeded Bouzkova held her own through much of the first set but failed to convert on four break point opportunities against the Japanese four-time Grand Slam winner.
Naomi Osaka.(AP)
Naomi Osaka.(AP)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 09:46 AM IST
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Naomi Osaka stunned by Teichmann at Western

World number two Osaka cruised through the first set and looked like she would make short work of the Swiss wild card.
Jil Teichmann, left, of Switzerland, is congratulated by Naomi Osaka, of Japan, on Teichmann's win during the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)(AP)
Jil Teichmann, left, of Switzerland, is congratulated by Naomi Osaka, of Japan, on Teichmann's win during the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)(AP)
Published on Aug 20, 2021 07:37 AM IST
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Tearful Osaka briefly leaves press conference

When another reporter began to ask about her preparations for the summer hard-court season and her pledge to donate her prize money from this week’s Western & Southern Open to Haitian earthquake relief efforts, Osaka appeared to wipe away tears. conference.
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka of Japan(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka of Japan(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 08:00 AM IST
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Tokyo Olympics: Japan's Naomi Osaka knocked out in third round

  • Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony, struggled in an error-strewn display under the centre court roof at Ariake Tennis Park and was knocked out in 68 minutes.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Women's Singles - Round 3 - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 27, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts during her third round match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic(REUTERS)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Women's Singles - Round 3 - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 27, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts during her third round match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 27, 2021 10:38 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Osaka and Djokovic extend bids for Olympic gold

  • Osaka crushed winners off both wings — forehand and backhand — seemingly at will in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 49th-ranked Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland. Then Djokovic dispatched 48th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-4, 6-3.
Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland at the Tokyo Olympics.(REUTERS)
Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland at the Tokyo Olympics.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 26, 2021 03:50 PM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Naomi Osaka returns - to tennis and talking tennis

Since last competing on May 30 in Paris, Osaka has been seen literally everywhere — in a Netflix series, on the cover of Vogue, Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine, on social media launching her own Barbie doll line. Everywhere, except on a tennis court.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, returns to China's Zheng Saisai during the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics.(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, returns to China's Zheng Saisai during the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics.(AP)
Updated on Jul 25, 2021 08:27 PM IST
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Olympics- Japan's Osaka returns to spotlight in Centre Court Games opener

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion and world number two, has not played a competitive match since pulling out of the French Open in May.
Naomi Osaka during training.(REUTERS)
Naomi Osaka during training.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 23, 2021 09:12 AM IST
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Naomi Osaka makes her return against Zheng at Tokyo Olympics

  • The second-seeded Osaka, who represents host Japan and is one of the top names at the Games, is returning to competition after she withdrew from the French Open following the first round to take a mental health break.
Naomi Osaka.(Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka.(Getty Images)
Published on Jul 22, 2021 09:38 AM IST
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Osaka to play at US Open, 'Big Three' lead men's field

Osaka will be part of a women's field at the U.S. Open that will also include world number one Ash Barty, who lifted her second major title at Wimbledon earlier this month.
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 11:34 PM IST
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Naomi Osaka says Djokovic, Michelle Obama, others reached out

She said before the French Open began that she would not speak to the media during that tournament, saying those interactions were sometimes uncomfortable and would create doubts for her on the court.
FILE: Japan's Naomi Osaka.(AP)
FILE: Japan's Naomi Osaka.(AP)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 09:20 PM IST
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Djokovic, Federer, Osaka, Barty on Tokyo Olympic entry lists

The Olympics will mark Osaka's return to competition after she withdrew from the French Open following the first round to take a mental health break.
Naomi Osaka (L), Novak Djokovic (Center) and Roger Federer (R)(HT Collage)
Naomi Osaka (L), Novak Djokovic (Center) and Roger Federer (R)(HT Collage)
Published on Jul 01, 2021 06:51 PM IST
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Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon 2021, 'excited' to play at Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese tennis star in May had withdrawn from the French Open citing mental health and revealing that she suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018.
Japanese Tennis player Naomi Osaka: File photo
Japanese Tennis player Naomi Osaka: File photo
Published on Jun 18, 2021 12:20 PM IST
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Naomi Osaka pulls out of Wimbledon but aims for Olympics

Osaka, 23, quit the French Open despite a first-round victory after organisers fined her when she refused to attend mandatory post-match press conferences. She said unsympathetic questioning after games impacted her mental wellbeing.
FILE - Naomi Osaka.(AP)
FILE - Naomi Osaka.(AP)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 01:31 AM IST
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Wimbledon organisers contact Osaka over media operations

Four-times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open before the second round in the wake of the controversy caused by her decision to skip mandatory post-match news conferences at the tournament.
Naomi Osaka: File Photo(USA TODAY Sports)
Naomi Osaka: File Photo(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Jun 17, 2021 05:57 PM IST
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Osaka must find 'safe space' to overcome issues, says Evert

  • Japan's world number two Naomi Osaka must take the time to be in a "safe space" and seek help to figure out the dilemma she finds herself in, according to American tennis great Chris Evert.
FILE PHOTO: NAOMI OSAKA(AP)
FILE PHOTO: NAOMI OSAKA(AP)
Published on Jun 15, 2021 08:38 PM IST
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French Open defends 'pragmatic' stance in Osaka dealings

  • Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros after she was fined $15,000 for skipping the news conference after her first-round victory — and threatened by all four Grand Slam tournaments with the possibility of disqualification or suspension if she continued to avoid the media.
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 13, 2021 09:43 PM IST
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Lewis Hamilton backs Naomi Osaka in news conference dispute

Osaka withdrew from the tournament on Monday after she was fined for refusing to attend the typical post-match news conference following her first-round victory.
Naomi Osaka (L), Lewis Hamilton (R)(HT Collage)
Naomi Osaka (L), Lewis Hamilton (R)(HT Collage)
Published on Jun 03, 2021 07:15 PM IST
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Judy Murray backs Osaka, points to "extremely high" media demands

Judy Murray said she hoped that Osaka, who pulled out of the French Open in a row over media duties, would find a way to be comfortable in the sport again.
Judy Murray; FIle photo
Judy Murray; FIle photo
Published on Jun 02, 2021 07:00 PM IST
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Golfer Wie West praises 'incredibly brave' Osaka

"I thought what Naomi did this past week was incredibly brave," Wie West said on Tuesday. "I also understand that part of being an athlete is speaking to the media because that's how the tournaments get done, (it) is through the media coverage.
Michelle Wie West(AP)
Michelle Wie West(AP)
Published on Jun 02, 2021 02:14 PM IST
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Osaka should be applauded for prioritising mental health - Stephens

Naomi Osaka should be supported and applauded for her decision to withdraw from the French Open to focus on her mental health, former U.S. Open champion and WTA Players' Council member Sloane Stephens
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka(AP)
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka(AP)
Updated on Jun 02, 2021 01:55 PM IST
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Mithali Raj explains why she never felt need to forgo press conference

  • India women's Test and ODI skipper Mithali Raj said she never felt the need to forego press conferences as the women's cricket needs the support of the media.
Former India captain Mithali Raj. (File Photo)(BCCI)
Former India captain Mithali Raj. (File Photo)(BCCI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2021 07:54 PM IST
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Osaka withdrawal: an awkward and unforeseen situation

  • Her pull out from French Open adds another chapter to athletes’ tetchy relationship with media.
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during her first-round match against Romania's Patricia Maria(REUTERS)
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during her first-round match against Romania's Patricia Maria(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 01, 2021 06:24 PM IST
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