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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, is driven away after posing for photographs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)

Naomi Osaka’s battle to unmask racism to go on

By Rutvick Mehta | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 06:13 AM IST
The world’s highest-paid female athlete, Naomi Osaka, born in Japan and brought up in the US, used her popularity around the world and one of the biggest sporting stages to highlight racial injustice.
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Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2020 US Open tennis tournament(USA TODAY Sports)
Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2020 US Open tennis tournament(USA TODAY Sports)

When protests rock the world of sport

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 08:34 PM IST
Most organised sport have rules against protests, citing a supremely hypocritical adage that “sport and politics should not mix”. With the wave of protest culture running through sport now, perhaps it is time to lay these old notions to rest.
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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates after defeating Misaki Doi, of Japan, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates after defeating Misaki Doi, of Japan, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)

US Open: Osaka allays injury fears in three-set win over Doi

By Reuters | NEW YORK
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 10:41 AM IST
The past week saw Osaka, 22, emerge as tennis’ torchbearer in protests against racial injustice and she walked out to the court wearing a mask featuring the name of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by police officers who burst into her apartment in March.
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Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020. Japan's Naomi Osaka looks dejected after the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/Files(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020. Japan's Naomi Osaka looks dejected after the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/Files(REUTERS)

Becker applauds Osaka protest over racial injustice

By Reuters | LONDON
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 10:20 PM IST
The 22-year-old’s move prompted the WTA Tour and ATP Tour to pause the tournament for a day as a show of support.
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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, looks to return a shot to Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia, during the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in New York.(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, looks to return a shot to Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia, during the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in New York.(AP)

Osaka reaches semis then withdraws to protest racial injustice

By Reuters | New York
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 07:46 AM IST
Osaka joins similar protests by athletes in the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, on Sunday in Wisconsin.
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Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020. Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020. Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay(REUTERS)

Osaka’s agent: 2-time Slam champ to play US Open, tuneup

By Associated Press | New York
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 11:29 PM IST
The current No. 1 woman, Ash Barty, withdrew from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The Grand Slam tournament is scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.
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Sania Mirza of India(Getty Images)
Sania Mirza of India(Getty Images)

Sania, Osaka to be part of five-day virtual summer festival

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 02:14 PM IST
With the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 postponed until 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Airbnb, will bring the spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics online with a curated program of activities hosted by athletes for the first time.
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Fertility: Jeff Koons' "Baroque Egg With Bow" sculpture at Sotheby's in New York May 1, 2009.(REUTERS)
Fertility: Jeff Koons' "Baroque Egg With Bow" sculpture at Sotheby's in New York May 1, 2009.(REUTERS)

Review: Breasts and Eggs, a Novel by Mieko Kawakami

By Vrinda Nabar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 08:20 PM IST
Humorous, ironic and occasionally tragic-comic, the Japanese writer’s new novel looks at the ways in which many women have quietly subverted gender roles
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File photo of tennis.(File)
File photo of tennis.(File)

Virus forces Japan Davis Cup tie behind closed doors

By AFP | Tokyo
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2020 02:05 PM IST
The Davis Cup decision comes a day after football’s top-flight J-League postponed all matches until March 15.
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A boy walks through the snow to get closer to a large snow sculpture during the 71st Sapporo Snow Festival at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Taking place in February in the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture, the snow festival is the largest winter celebration in Japan. It showcases more than 200 ice and snow sculptures, expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors each day. The park will serve as the start and finish points of both marathon and race walk at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(AP)
A boy walks through the snow to get closer to a large snow sculpture during the 71st Sapporo Snow Festival at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Taking place in February in the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture, the snow festival is the largest winter celebration in Japan. It showcases more than 200 ice and snow sculptures, expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors each day. The park will serve as the start and finish points of both marathon and race walk at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(AP)

Snow problem for Japan’s ice sculpture festival

By Agence France-Presse | Sapporo, Japan
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2020 10:33 AM IST
Snowfall in Sapporo has been less than half the annual average, according to the Japan Meterological Agency’s local observatory. High temperatures melted the snow in mid-December and the mercury is expected to stay above average.
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Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)
Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)

‘She smelled expensive’ - Naomi Osaka reveals Beyonce pep talk

By AFP | Brisbane
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 08:33 AM IST
The two-time Grand Slam champion, who will be defending her Australian Open title this month, bumped into Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z while still “depressed” after losing in the fourth round at the US Open.
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Naomi Osaka of Japan talks to the media(AP)
Naomi Osaka of Japan talks to the media(AP)

Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective

By AFP | Brisbane
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2020 02:29 PM IST
An upbeat Osaka told reporters ahead of the season-opening Brisbane International that she had tried to have a bit of fun and experience new things during the off-season, which meant her “first vacation ever”.
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File image of Japan tennis star Naomi Osaka.(AP)
File image of Japan tennis star Naomi Osaka.(AP)

Naomi Osaka out of WTA Finals with shoulder injury

By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 01:12 PM IST
The Japanese world number three was due to face Australia’s Ash Barty later in the day and her place in the tournament will now be taken by alternate Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
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Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova.(REUTERS)
Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova.(REUTERS)

Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova in thrilling WTA finals opener

By Agence France-Presse | Shenzhen, China
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2019 05:42 PM IST
Opening the $14 million round-robin tournament, the first in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the world No.3 regrouped from several lethargic stretches to win 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 39 minutes.
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FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka of Japan and Ashleigh Barty of Australia with their trophies.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka of Japan and Ashleigh Barty of Australia with their trophies.(REUTERS)

WTA Finals: Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka drawn in same group

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2019 09:44 PM IST
French Open champion Barty and Australian Open winner Osaka were joined by the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the Red Group.
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Naomi Osaka of Japan and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark after Osaka won the match.(REUTERS)
Naomi Osaka of Japan and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark after Osaka won the match.(REUTERS)

Osaka ends Caroline Wozniacki’s China Open reign to set up Barty final

By Agence France-Presse | Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2019 08:42 PM IST
The 21-year-old Japanese, who on Friday ended Bianca Andreescu’s run of 17 wins in a row, took time to settle against Denmark’s Wozniacki.
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Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)
Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)

Naomi Osaka reaches China Open round two despite being ‘riled up’

By AFP | Beijing
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2019 03:24 PM IST
Osaka, who plays Andrea Petkovic of Germany next in Beijing, was disappointed that she was unable to replicate the form which won her the Pan Pacific Open in Japan a week ago.
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Japan's Naomi Osaka makes a forehand return to Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.(AP)
Japan's Naomi Osaka makes a forehand return to Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.(AP)

Naomi Osaka ends title drought at home Pan Pacific Open

By AFP | Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 02:12 PM IST
The former world number one overwhelmed Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in just over an hour to make it third time lucky in finals at the tournament after finishing runner-up in 2016 and 2018.
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Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands hits to Julia Goerges of Germany.(USA TODAY Sports)
Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands hits to Julia Goerges of Germany.(USA TODAY Sports)

Kiki Bertens, Sloane Stephens bow out of Pan Pacific Open

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2019 06:47 PM IST
The Dutchwoman recovered well to share the opening four games with Pavlyuchenkova but dropped her serve in the fifth, failing to keep up with her unseeded opponent’s devastating backhands.
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Watch: PM Modi meets Malaysian premier; discusses Zakir Naik’s extradition

By Hindustan Times | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 11:43 AM IST
PM Modi met Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe and Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Russia’s Vladivostok.
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The world’s most liveable cities are generally less global capital, more regional second city.(Unsplash)
The world’s most liveable cities are generally less global capital, more regional second city.(Unsplash)

The world’s most liveable cities are generally less global capital, more regional second city

By Sybilla Gross | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 12:41 PM IST
Vienna took the No. 1 spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability ranking for the second year running, confirming that life is officially better on the banks of the Danube than it is by the Yarra River in Melbourne, which took second place.
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Vienna named most liveable city for second time.(Unsplash)
Vienna named most liveable city for second time.(Unsplash)

Vienna named most liveable city for second time

By Agence France-Presse | Vienna
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 12:29 PM IST
Vienna once again came ahead of Melbourne -- which had held the top ranking for seven years until losing it to Vienna in 2018 -- according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
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Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates after her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan.(USA TODAY Sports)
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates after her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan.(USA TODAY Sports)

Naomi Osaka ousted by Belinda Bencic while Donna Vekic rallies for US Open win

By Agence France-Presse | New York
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 07:27 AM IST
Belinda Bencic’s 7-5, 6-4 triumph, her WTA-best sixth over a top-five foe this year, ensured 21-year-old Japanese star Osaka will fall from the world number one spot next week.
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Serena Williams, of the United States, returns to Petra Martic, of Croatia(AP)
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns to Petra Martic, of Croatia(AP)

US Open 2019: Serena mentor on coaching at 2018 final - “I’d do it again”

By Reuters | New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2019 09:06 AM IST
Beaten finalist Williams was given a warning for a coaching violation after Mouratoglou gestured in the stands during the dramatic decider against Naomi Osaka.
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Naomi Osaka (L) of Japan comforts Coco Gauff of the US.(AFP)
Naomi Osaka (L) of Japan comforts Coco Gauff of the US.(AFP)

Coco Gauff takes doubles win after tearful US Open singles exit

By Agence France-Presse | New York
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 05:35 AM IST
The 15-year-old US sensation who made the fourth round at Wimbledon in July was routed 6-3, 6-0 by 21-year-old Japanese world number one Osaka on Saturday, her tears after the loss prompting Osaka to entice her to stay on court and speak to the crowd.
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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, returns a shot to Magda Linette, of Poland, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in New York.(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, returns a shot to Magda Linette, of Poland, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in New York.(AP)

Shots that make top women rule the courts

By Shijith P Kunhitty | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 09:46 AM IST
We analysed data from The Tennis Abstract, a website providing shot-by-shot descriptions for several matches (upwards of 50 for each player) to find out how each player likes to dominate the court
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File image of Naomi Osaka(USA TODAY Sports)
File image of Naomi Osaka(USA TODAY Sports)

U.S. Open: Osaka, Nadal, Coco open campaigns on day two

By Reuters | New York
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 09:44 AM IST
World number one Naomi Osaka begins her U.S. Open title defence on day two of the championships on Tuesday.
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File photo of Naomi Osaka.(USA TODAY Sports)
File photo of Naomi Osaka.(USA TODAY Sports)

‘Fast healer’ Naomi Osaka ready for US Open title defence

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 02:25 AM IST
Osaka sought treatment and briefly returned to the court to play two more points but was broken to fall 2-0 behind in the third set against American Sofia Kenin before retiring.
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Aug 16, 2019; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) reacts to defeating Maria Sakkari (GRE) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center.(USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 16, 2019; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) reacts to defeating Maria Sakkari (GRE) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center.(USA TODAY Sports)

Barty reaches Cincinnati semis, Osaka retires with knee injury

By Press Trust of India | Cincinnati
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 02:17 PM IST
Barty, the Australian top seed, on Friday engineered her second comeback in as many days, overhauling Maria Sakkari 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.
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Serena Williams (USA) hits a ball to Naomi Osaka (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre.(USA TODAY Sports)
Serena Williams (USA) hits a ball to Naomi Osaka (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre.(USA TODAY Sports)

Serena Williams powers past No. 1-bound Osaka, Halep retires hurt

By AFP | Toronto
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2019 09:55 AM IST
Williams fired 12 aces and didn’t face a break point as she beat Osaka for the first time in three meetings.
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