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Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka Win Laureus World Sports Man/Woman of the year (Full Awards list + photos)
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Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka Win Laureus World Sports Man/Woman of the year (Full Awards list + photos)

Tennis icon, Rafael Nadal and reigning Tennis womens world number one, Naomi Osaka, have been named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Laureus World Sports awards held digitally on Thursday evening, May 6. Nadal was given the award for equalling Roger Federer's haul of 20 Slams while Japanese tennis player and activist, Naomi Osaka clinched the top spot in women's tennis. It caps a fine year for Naomi Osaka, 23, who was also named on Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2019 and 2020. Lewis Hamilton was also recognised for his activism over the past year as he was named athlete advocate of the year for his work in highlighting racial injustice against blacks. 'We need to learn from this experience, support one another, and do...
Tennis Champion, Naomi Osaka Flaunts her Enviable Physique in a Range of Swimwear
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Tennis Champion, Naomi Osaka Flaunts her Enviable Physique in a Range of Swimwear

Tennis champion, Naomi Osaka is promoting her new signature swimwear line with Frankies Bikini. On Wednesday night, the 23-year-old Japanese tennis player shared images of her collaboration with the swimwear brand. 'Happy to say that I've been working on a collection and it’s coming out soon ,' Naomi wrote in the caption. Naomi in several photos modeled a hot pink bikini that matched her pink hair. She also showed off a light blue bikini from the collection and many more. See full photos below. 
Naomi Osaka Beats Jennifer Brady in Women’s Final to Win Australian Open
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Naomi Osaka Beats Jennifer Brady in Women’s Final to Win Australian Open

Japan's Naomi Osaka beat America's Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final on Saturday morning, February 20, to win her fourth Grand Slam title. Osaka, 23, won 6-4 6-3 and has the enviable record of being unbeaten in major finals. Osaka won the first set when Brady, made bad errors in the game. Osaka then seized control from that point, going 4-0 ahead in the second set before sealing a deserved victory with the last set. Osaka has now won two Australian Open titles after also triumphing at Melbourne Park in 2019, with her other Grand Slam successes coming at the US Open in 2018 and 2020. Osaka has not suffered a defeat since February 2020 and has won her last 20 matches. "Hello everyone. Firstly I want to congratulate (and then looks to Brady and asks if she ...
Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams Again to Deny her a Shot at Record-tying 24th Major Title at Australian Open
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Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams Again to Deny her a Shot at Record-tying 24th Major Title at Australian Open

  Naomi Osaka has just defeated Serena Williams to deny her a shot at record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the 2021 Australian Open. The Japanese tennis star, 23, defeated her American opponent, 39, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open semifinals at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday morning, February 18. Osaka, who also beat Williams in the 2018 US Open final, has now reached her fourth major title match and stretched her winning streak to 20 matches by claiming the last eight points. "I don't know if there's any little kids out here today, but I was a little kid watching her play," Osaka, 23, said about Williams, 39, "and just to be on the court playing against her, for me, is a dream." No. 3-seed Osaka will face either No. 25 seed Karolina Muchova or 22nd-seeded American Je...
US Open champion Osaka withdraws from French Open with injury
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US Open champion Osaka withdraws from French Open with injury

Naomi Osaka, who captured her third Grand Slam title at the US Open on September 12, pulled out of the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury on Thursday. "Unfortunately I won't be able to play the French Open this year," Osaka said in posts on Instagram and Twitter. "My hamstring is still sore so I won't have enough time to prepare for the clay - these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this year." The French Open is due to start on 27 September at Roland Garros, rescheduled from earlier in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, Osaka rallied from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open women's final, adding a third major trophy after her victories at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open triumphs. The 22...
Naomi Osaka wins 2nd US Open women’s title after defeating Victoria Azarenka
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Naomi Osaka wins 2nd US Open women’s title after defeating Victoria Azarenka

Naomi Osaka has won her second U.S. Open title at this year's tournament after beating Victoria Azarenka.   The 22-year-old Japanese tennis star battled back from a set down against her Belarusian opponent ,31, to lift her second US Open title in three years with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.   “I just thought it would be very embarrassing to lose this in under an hour,” Osaka said, explaining that she told herself to “stop having a really bad attitude.”   “I always see everyone sort of collapse after match point, but I always think you may injure yourself, so I wanted to do it safely,” she explained.     Naomi, who is already the highest-earning female athlete in the world, adds another £2.3million in prize money to her ...
Naomi Osaka displaces Serena Williams as the highest paid female athlete
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Naomi Osaka displaces Serena Williams as the highest paid female athlete

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world’s highest paid female athlete, displacing US rival Serena Williams at the top of the list. . According to Forbes magazine, Osaka, 22, a two-time Grand Slam champion, made £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months. . That was £1.15m more than the amount earned by 38-year-old Williams. . Both shattered the previous single-year earnings record of £24.4m set in 2015 by Russia’s Maria Sharapova. . Since Forbes began tracking women athletes’ income in 1990, tennis players have topped the annual list every year. . Osaka, whose father was born in Haiti and whose mother is Japanese, is 29th on the 2020 Forbes list of the world’s 100 top-paid athletes, four spots ahead of Williams, the winner of 23 Grand Slam...
Naomi Osaka Breaks Maria Sharapova record after displacing Serena Williams to Become Highest-paid Female Athlete in History
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Naomi Osaka Breaks Maria Sharapova record after displacing Serena Williams to Become Highest-paid Female Athlete in History

Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka has become the world's highest-paid female athlete, displacing US rival Serena Williams at the top of the list. The 22-year-old also broke Maria Sharapova's previous record for a female athlete which was set in 2015 when she totaled $29.7 million. According to Forbes magazine, Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, made £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months, setting a new record. That was £1.15m more than the amount earned by 38-year-old Williams. Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, has been the highest-paid female athlete for the last four years -- earning between $18 million to $29 million. Osaka ranks at No. 29 in the Forbes top-100 highest-paid athletes in 2020, ahead of Serena Williams who sits 33rd. It’s ...
Gigi Hadid Says She Hurt Her Arm Before Virtual Tennis Match With Serena Williams
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Gigi Hadid Says She Hurt Her Arm Before Virtual Tennis Match With Serena Williams

Model Gigi Hadid has revealed that she actually ‘pulled’ her arm muscle while practicing for virtual tennis match with pal Serena Williams. Gigi, who just announced she is expecting a child, talked to Jimmy Fallon via video chat about the injury, admitting: ‘I’ve been practicing a lot because if anyone’s more competitive than me it’s Serena.’ ‘And, like, I cannot, like, lose our friendship over [this], you know what I mean?’ the supermodel joked. She said: “We’re playing controller version but the first night I played, I practiced on swing mode and fully pulled my entire arm. Like, the next day, I couldn’t lift my arm. I couldn’t do anything.” The supermodel and tennis star will play as a doubles team during the upcoming Mario Tennis Aces tournament, hosted by IMG modeling ...
“Me And My Mom” Naomi Osaka Honors Serena Williams As She Shares New Photo Of Them Together
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“Me And My Mom” Naomi Osaka Honors Serena Williams As She Shares New Photo Of Them Together

Though they are rivals in the sports of tennis, Naomi Osaka respects Serena Williams and she doesn't fail to show this when she gets the opportunity.   The 22-year-old Japanese professional tennis player, who beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 at the US Open to win a Grand Slam title in 2018, took to Twitter to share a photo with her idol Serena Williams.   "Me and my mom," She captioned the photo.       Twitter users had mixed reactions to the photo. Some praised Naomi for honouring Serena. But some read meanings into the word "mom" and told her that Serena isn't her mom but a champion.   Recall that when Naomi beat Serena in 2018 to win the Grand Slam title, the crowd booed Naomi and Serena ended up switching from competitor ...
Naomi Osaka Sacks Coach Sacha Bajin 16 Days After Winning Grand Slam
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Naomi Osaka Sacks Coach Sacha Bajin 16 Days After Winning Grand Slam

Naomi Osaka has split with her coach Sascha Bajin just 16 days after winning the Australian Open. The 21-year-old world number one has worked with the German for just over a year before they parted ways. Naomi Osaka whose win in Melbourne sealed a back-to-back Grand Slam titles revealed in social media: “I will no longer be working together with Sascha. I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future” Osaka tweeted. Bajin, a former hitting partner of Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, was named WTA coach of the year for 2018. He took to Twitter to thank Osaka and said he wished her: “nothing but the best. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this” he tweeted.
Six Of World’s Top 10 To Play In Qatar
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Six Of World’s Top 10 To Play In Qatar

Despite the loss of world number one Naomi Osaka through injury, six of the women’s top 10 players descend on Doha this week for the Qatar Open. Australian Open champion — and the sport’s new superstar — Osaka withdrew last week due to a back injury, leaving a big hole to fill for tournament organisers, which they have done with a strong field including three former world number ones. Simona Halep is now the top seed and the Romanian will be joined by the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova and Germany’s Angelique Kerber as the top seeds. All three were formerly at the top of the women’s rankings, Halep only being ousted by Osaka last month after Melbourne. Halep, now ranked three in the world, and Kerber, sixth, are both Grand Slam winners. Pliskova, the world number five, ...
Naomi Osaka Wins Australia Open; Becomes World No 1 (Photo)
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Naomi Osaka Wins Australia Open; Becomes World No 1 (Photo)

Naomi Osaka defeated Petra Kvitova, 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4, on Saturday to win the Australian Open and become the first Japanese player to attain the No. 1 singles ranking in women’s tennis. It was the second consecutive major title for the fourth-seeded Osaka, 21, who defeated Serena Williams in straight sets at the United States Open in September. The last woman to win back-to-back Grand Slam singles titles was Williams, who claimed the first three majors in 2015.
Naomi Osaka Wins Australian Open
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Naomi Osaka Wins Australian Open

Naomi Osaka has won the Australian Open and is the new world number one, after beating Czech Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4 in a dramatic final. Last September, Osaka was reduced to tears when the crowd booed after a controversial US Open final in which Serena Williams lost her cool. The hard-fought victory made Osaka the first Asian, male or female, to hold the world’s top ranking, taking over from Romania’s Simona Halep. The Japanese youngster fell to one knee in celebration, head bowed, as Melbourne Park erupted in thunderous cheers. “I felt like I was in a state of shock through the entire trophy presentation,” the 21-year-old said. She is the first woman to follow her first grand slam title by immediately winning the next one since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 and the f...
Williams Refuses to Blame Injury for Ouster
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Williams Refuses to Blame Injury for Ouster

Serena Williams lifts her ankle off the court but refused to blame her defeat on injury AUSTRALIA OPEN Former number one female tennis star, Serena Williams, has refused to blame a jarred ankle after suffering a remarkable Australia Open collapse in the quarter-finals against Karolina Pliskova. From a set and a break down, the title favourite turned things around to lead 5-1 in the deciding set and had four match points but lost six games in a row to fall to a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 defeat. Williams had her first match point at 5-1 but, after being called for a foot fault on what appeared to be an ace, she jarred her left ankle and did not win another point on serve during the match. The other three chances came with Pliskova serving at 4-5 but the Czech was rewarded for bravery on...
Karolina Pliskova Defeats Serena Williams At The Australian Open
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Karolina Pliskova Defeats Serena Williams At The Australian Open

Serena Williams missed four match points before losing to Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in a dramatic Australian Open quarter-final. The 37-year-old led 5-1 in the final set but lost the last six games as her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title ended with a 6-4 4-6 7-5 defeat in Melbourne. Williams seemed unsettled after turning her ankle on her first match point. 26-year-old Karolina Pliskova will now meet Japan's Naomi Osaka in Thursday's semi-finals. MySportDab report the other women's semifinal will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against unseeded American Danielle Collins. "I was almost in the locker room but now stand here as the winner," said Pliskova, who reached the US Open final in 2016. "My mind was in the locker roo...
Osaka Needs ‘Desire’ To Go Further, Says Li Na
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Osaka Needs ‘Desire’ To Go Further, Says Li Na

Chinese tennis great Li Na said US Open champion Naomi Osaka can go on and win multiple Grand Slam titles — if she can find the inner desire to match her physical abilities. Osaka has admitted feeling burdened by expectations after last month’s stunning victory in New York, saying she puts pressure on herself to “do more, do better”. The 20-year-old world number six was also in tears after her “bittersweet” US Open win, which was marred by Serena Williams’ explosive row by the chair umpire. “I believe with her abilities and strength, she can win many (Grand Slam titles) — that is if she really has the desire to be a champion,” Li told AFP ahead of the Hong Kong Open. Osaka, Asia’s second Grand Slam singles champion after Li, has pulled out of the Hong Kong tournament with a bac...
Tennis Umpires Considering Boycotting Serena Williams’ Matches After Her Outburst At The US Open Finals
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Tennis Umpires Considering Boycotting Serena Williams’ Matches After Her Outburst At The US Open Finals

Professional tennis umpires are reportedly threatening to form a union and boycott Serena Williams' matches after she called out an umpire at the US Open finals. During the game, Serena Williams accused chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, of sexism over violations she received during her US Open championship loss to Naomi Osaka. She also called him a thief and told him that he will never be on another court of hers. Umpires are reportedly "disturbed" by Serena's outburst and are also disappointed in league officials who publicly supported her. The U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and Women's Tennis Association supported Serena after the match. The USTA praised Williams for her conduct after the match and WTA CEO Steve Simon said that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolera...
Trevor Noah Discusses Serena Williams’ Outburst At The U.S. Open And The Double Standards In Sports (Video)
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Trevor Noah Discusses Serena Williams’ Outburst At The U.S. Open And The Double Standards In Sports (Video)

Talk show host, Trevor Noah has addressed Serena Williams' outburst at the U.S. Open and also the double standards in sports. The host of The Daily Show said he was at the came and watched things unfold. He mentioned that the winner 20-year-old Naomi Osaka played her very best. Addressing Serena's outburst, Trevor said Serena had every right to be angry because she was being punished for what her coach did. He said her coach was coaching her but Serena was on the other side of the court and couldn't see him. So, when the umpire punished her for what her coach did, she was naturally upset. Trevor went on to point out that getting angry on the court is a normal thing that all players do, especially male players, but Serena was penalized and is being called out for it and it all boi...
‘ Serena Williams Accuses Umpire Ramos Of ‘Sexism’ – Read The Full Transcript Of Her’ Furious Rant At US Open Final
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‘ Serena Williams Accuses Umpire Ramos Of ‘Sexism’ – Read The Full Transcript Of Her’ Furious Rant At US Open Final

Tennis Champion, Serena Williams had an outburst with umpire Carlos Ramos which overshadowed her US Open final and saw her lost to Japan's Naomi Osaka.   The 20-year-old became the first ever Japanese Major singles champion after winning 6-2, 6-4 but the crucial game had series of chaos between umpire Carlos Ramos and Serena Williams at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.   According to reports, trouble started when her coach was called for giving hand signals illegally in the first set, and then spiralled when she slammed her racket into the ground when broken back for 3-2 in the second, after which she was given a point penalty. She repeatedly insulted the umpire, calling him a liar and a thief and demanding an apology. He duly docked her a game after the third code vio...
US Open 2018: Serena Williams Loses To Naomi Osaka In Controversial Final
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US Open 2018: Serena Williams Loses To Naomi Osaka In Controversial Final

Serena Williams had a shot to make history on Saturday at the US Open, as a victory over Naomi Osaka in the women's singles final would've given her 24 career Grand Slam singles titles, tying the all-time record held by Australia's Margaret Court. However, the 20-year-old Osaka upset Williams to take home the first major victory of her pro career. Her win was also historic in its own right, as Osaka becomes the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam final. Osaka is now two for two in matches against Williams after beating her at the Miami Open in March earlier this year. On Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, Osaka took down Williams in consecutive sets, 6-2, 6-4. Osaka got off to a commanding start in the first set, then prevailed in what turned out to be a controvers...

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