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Tennis star Osaka adds powerful voice to protests over police brutality

May 31, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Superstar athletes continue to condemn the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of Minneapolis police

BEYOND SPORTS. Naomi Oaska voices her outrage as protests continue in the US. File photo

Osaka tops Serena as world's highest-paid female athlete

May 23, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams shatter the women’s record for single-year earnings

FRESH FACE. Naomi Osaka has become a popular endorser in Japan. Photo by  Jose Jordan/AFP

'A lot of regrets': Tennis star Osaka says shyness holding her back

May 15, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka speaks candidly about her struggles with success

SOUL-SEARCHING. Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka hopes she could be more assertive. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Japan mayor under fire for 'women dawdle at shops' remark

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui tells reporters Thursday that men should be entrusted with grocery runs because women 'take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that,' Kyodo news agency reports

Osaka disappointed but supports Olympic delay

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:56 AM

'Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now,' says former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day eight of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 02, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Osaka shocked as Spain seizes Fed Cup lead over Japan

Feb 08, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Naomi Osaka gets upset by world No. 78 Sara Sorribes Tormo in a rough start to the year that saw her crash out of the Australian Open to 15-year-old Coco Gauff

DOWNWARD SPIRAL. Naomi Osaka has dipped since winning her second Grand Slam title. File photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Deposed Osaka says she does not have 'champion mentality'

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:29 PM

Naomi Osaka fails to defend her Australian Open title after a stunning loss to 15-year-old Coco Gauff

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Naomi Osaka admits she has a long way to go in terms of having a winning mentality. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Gauff, 15, stuns reigning Australian Open champion Osaka

Jan 24, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Coco Gauff avenges her US Open defeat to Naomi Osaka last year with a shocking sweep to advance to the fourth round

BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD. Coco Gauff continues to impress in the Australian Open by taking down the titleholder. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Racket-kicking Osaka admits she was 'a bit childish'

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka says her Chinese foe's 'slicing and dicing and getting everything' riled her

FRUSTRATED. Naomi Osaka says emotions got the better of her. Photo by John Donegan/AFP

Osaka gets Australian Open started after smoke fears ease

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Naomi Osaka kicks off her title defense in the Australian Open with a dominant showing that saw her break a net with a serve

CHAMP. All eyes will be on Naomi Osaka as she defends her Australian Open throne. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Osaka vows to block out negatives after 'toughest year'

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Naomi Osaka describes herself as a 'bit more seasoned' compared to a year ago and hopes feeling more relaxed can bring success, starting in the Australian Open

TITLE HOLDER. Naomi Osaka will defend her throne in the Australian Open. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

'She smelled expensive' – Naomi Osaka reveals Beyonce pep talk

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Naomi Osaka compares meeting and hugging her idol Beyonce to being in 'heaven'

KEEP THE THRONE. Naomi Osaka will be defending her title in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season. Photo from Twitter/@usopen

Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective

Jan 05, 2020 - 2:10 PM

An upbeat Naomi Osaka says she tries to have a bit of fun and experience new things before heading into the new season

NEW SEASON. Naomi Osaka will play in the season-opening Brisbane International. File photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

Naomi Osaka out of WTA Finals with shoulder injury

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Naomi Osaka exits the WTA season with an injury for the second straight year

EXIT. Naomi Osaka ends her 2019 WTA season with an injury. Photo from Wimbledon Instagram

Alex Eala cops runner-up finish in World Super Juniors Osaka

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Alex Eala makes it to the 2019 World Super Juniors Tennis Championships Osaka Mayor's Cup final

RUNNER-UP. Alex Eala settles for 2nd place in her World Super Junior Tennis Championships Osaka Mayor's Cup debut. Photo courtesy of Akira Watanabe

Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Tennis star Naomi Osaka gives up her US citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

SPECIAL. A household name in Japan, Naomi Osaka says it gives her a 'special feeling' to play for her mother’s birth country. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

'Humbled' Osaka reveals pressure of being world No. 1

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Naomi Osaka admits she became 'too stats-oriented' after winning the Australia Open, leading to her slump

BOUNCE BACK. Naomi Osaka rules the China open over reigning world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty. Photo from Twitter/@WTA

Naomi Osaka's father tells star: 'It's not rocket science'

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Naomi Osaka finds it 'nostalgic' to have her Haitian father coaching her in the 2019 China Open instead

'NOT ROCKET SCIENCE'. Naomi Osaka says her father knows her game the most. File photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Naomi Osaka pokes fun at Japan comedians' 'bleach' comments

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:37 PM

Naomi Osaka has faced controversies over her dual heritage in a nation that has been traditionally racially homogeneous

TAKING IT IN STRIDE. Naomi Osaka takes the chance to endorse a local brand following the Japanese comedians' comments. Photo from Instagram/@wimbledon

Osaka beaten but wiser after fourth-round US Open exit

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Defending champion Naomi Osaka gets knocked out by Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic in the last 16

STILL LEARNING. Despite feeling disappointed, Naomi Osaka says she’s now taking losses in stride. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

No. 1 Osaka overpowers teen Gauff in U.S. Open showdown

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Defending champion Naomi Osaka boots out rising star Coco Gauff in a battle tipped as a showdown of the future of women's tennis

YOUNG TITANS. Naomi Osaka (right) and Coco Gauff hug it out after an emotional clash. Photo from US Open

Nerve-riddled Osaka relieved by 'razzle dazzle' U.S. Open win

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:02 AM

'I felt nervous. For me it's definitely a new feeling,' admits world No. 1 Naomi Osaka after a shaky start to her US Open title defense

CHALLENGED. Japan's Naomi Osaka returns a shot against pesky first-round foe Anna Blinkova of Russia. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Williams ban for US Open umpire after Serena-Osaka furor

Aug 25, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Umpire Carlos Ramos won't officiate matches involving Serena or Venus Williams in the wake of last year's final controversy

HEATED. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during last year's controversial US Open final match. Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Djokovic, Osaka named U.S. Open top seeds

Aug 22, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The last Grand Slam of the season unfolds next week with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka out to defend their crowns

BIG GUNS. Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic head another tight field. Photos from Wimbledon

Injured Osaka maintains top spot

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Naomi Osaka continues to lead the WTA rankings despite exiting Cincinnati Masters with an injury

NO.1. Naomi Osaka continues to rank No.1 in the WTA standings. Photo from Twitter/@WTA

Osaka's U.S. Open defense in doubt after knee injury

Aug 17, 2019 - 2:35 PM

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka says she just wants a 'chance to play' as injury puts her US Open title defense in peril

WORRIED. Naomi Osaka says she's still unsure of the nature of her injury. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Osaka returns to No. 1 in WTA rankings

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Naomi Osaka regains the top spot to end the seven-week reign of Ashleigh Barty as world No. 1

BACK ON TOP. Naomi Osaka holds a slim advantage over Ashleigh Barty in the world rankings. Photo from Twitter/@WTA

Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka in Toronto

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Naomi Osaka won't be pairing her No. 1 world ranking with a title as Serena Williams avenges her controversial US Open final loss

ALL GOOD. There’s no drama this time as Serena Williams (right) beats Naomi Osaka for the first time in 3 meetings. Photo from WTA

Serena, Osaka book US Open final rematch in Toronto

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I've been actually looking forward to playing her for a while,' Serena Williams on facing Naomi Osaka for the first time since their controversial US Open title match

TAKE TWO. Naomi Osaka (left) says she's excited to face her idol Serena Williams again despite their ugly first meeting. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Noynay hands Shimizu first loss, keeps crown

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The pride of Bogo, Cebu dominates Olympic medalist Satoshi Shimizu to pull off a major shocker

UNDERDOG. After stunning his favored Japanese foe, Filipino fighter Joe Noynay puts himself in line for a world title. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Serena 'saw therapist' after U.S. Open meltdown, apologizes to Osaka

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:10 AM

'I couldn't find peace. I started seeing a therapist,' Serena Williams writes in an essay on her infamous 2018 US Open final meltdown

APOLOGETIC. Serena Williams says she never wanted 'the light to shine away' from another black female athlete like Naomi Osaka. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

1 dead, 3 seriously injured in Japan warehouse explosion

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:01 AM

Japan's fire department says the fire is now under control

Osaka, Zverev, Tsitsipas crash on Wimbledon 'Black Monday'

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'Can we stop now? I think I am going to cry,' says Naomi Osaka after her 1st round exit

EARLY EXIT. Naomi Osaka joins Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in getting booted out of the 2019 Wimbledon. Photo from Wimbledon Instagram

Djokovic, Osaka share center stage on Wimbledon opening day

Jul 01, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Novak Djokovic seeks a fifth Wimbledon title while Naomi Osaka aims for a third Grand Slam crown

BEST OF THE BEST. It is a star-studded opening day in Wimbledon with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka playing. Photos by Pedja Milosavljevic/AFP (Djokovic) and Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Naomi Osaka frees herself of World No. 1 pressures

Jun 30, 2019 - 2:55 PM

'I don't have to think about defending the ranking or anything,' says World No.2 Naomi Osaka

MAJOR COMEBACK. Naomi Osaka aims to bounce back from her third-round exit in the 2019 French Open. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

G20 summit shows growing division in climate change deal

Jun 29, 2019 - 5:07 PM

'The US pushed some governments, including Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Turkey, to water down the text,' says Yuki Tanabe of the Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society

CLIMATE CHANGE. Protesters wearing masks of world leaders including a giant paper mache Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump demonstrate against climate change and coal use as world leaders convene at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.  Photo by Pak Yiu / AFP

Who are you? Guide to Wimbledon stars' first-round rivals

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Here are some players hoping to pull off major upsets in early action at the All England Club

HEAVY FAVORITE. World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic is tipped to cruise the early rounds. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

'Beautiful harmony': Trump plays nice as divisive G20 opens

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Host Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, appeals for unity among bickering world leaders, with the long-running trade row between China and the United States threatening to overshadow the event

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as leaders pose for a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Pressure off as Osaka hopes for better Wimbledon fortune

Jun 27, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Uncomfortable in the spotlight, Naomi Osaka says she couldn't be more thrilled after losing her top ranking

CHILLING. Naomi Osaka says she's now just having fun. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Trade negotiators hold talks ahead of Xi-Trump meeting

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Trump's highly anticipated meeting with Xi is scheduled on the second day of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan

FRIENDS. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2017, China's President Xi Jinping shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Osaka remains top spot as Wimbledon approaches

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Naomi Osaka holds a slim lead over Ashleigh Barty to keep her place at the top

THRONE SECURED. Naomi Osaka keeps her No. 1 ranking despite crashing out in the third round of the French Open. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Police officer stabbed ahead of G20 summit in Japan

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:59 AM

The 33-year-old suspect, who denies the charges, possesses an ID document showing he was mentally disabled, an Osaka regional police detective says

STABBING INCIDENT. A police vehicle carrying a man (R) suspected of stabbing a police officer and stealing his pistol at a police box, arrives at Suita police station in Osaka Prefecture on June 17, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

World No. 1 Osaka's Paris dream shattered by Siniakova

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Naomi Osaka crashes out of Roland Garros as Novak Djokovic cruises into the fourth round

OUSTED. Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam comes to an end. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

'Never been so nervous,' says Osaka after French Open escape

May 29, 2019 - 4:19 PM

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka comes within a whisker of becoming just the second top seed to lose in the first round in Paris in the modern era

SCARE. Naomi Osaka survives a 'bagel' and avoids a catastrophic Roland Garros exit. Photo by Philippe Lopez/ AFP

Osaka clings to top spot as Halep cuts gap in world rankings

May 13, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The Japanese star will stay at the summit for at least another week as the Romanian misses the chance to reclaim the throne

SUMMIT. Naomi Osaka keeps her spot at the top of the world rankings. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Naomi Osaka still atop WTA rankings

May 06, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Japanese tennis wonder maintains her lead over Petra Kvitova and Simon Halep

ALL SMILES. Naomi Osaka has every reason to be happy as he keeps hold of the top spot in the WTA rankings. File photo by David Gray/AFP

Injured Naomi Osaka pulls out of Stuttgart Open semifinals

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The world No. 1 is scheduled to play a semifinal tie against Anett Kontaveit, but chooses to withdraw from the match

BACK OUT. Naomi Osaka, though, is thankful she sustained the injury at the beginning of the clay season and not close to the French Open. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Halep closes on world No. 1 Osaka

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Simona Halep's 2019 Miami Open semis berth cuts the gap between her and Naomi Osaka

CLOSE NO.2. Simona Halep is currently WTA's World No. 2. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

AirAsia to fly Manila-Osaka route starting July 2019

Mar 31, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Budget airline AirAsia also announces a promo fare for this new route for its loyalty program members

Osaka Castle, Japan and Fort Santiago, Manila. Photos from Shutterstock