Naomi Osaka – Breakout Tennis Star On The Rise

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Remember the name, Naomi Osaka (Japanese: 大坂 なおみ). Naomi who turns 18 in October, 2015, is an up and coming Haitian-Japanese tennis player. She was born in Osaka, Tokyo to a Haitian father and Japanese mother. At her young age, she has been surprising many in the tennis world and has beat some of the top ranked women’s tennis players and has already finished 2nd in 4 professional tournaments.

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Naomi turned pro in 2012 at the age of 15 and so far has reached a world single women’s ranking of 92nd in April 2016. Naomi made her Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) debut at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic which was held in Stanford, CA. After beating top players from Russia (ranked #56 in the world) and Croatia (ranked #42 in the world), Naomi was pitted against 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur, who was previously ranked #4 in the world.

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Naomi came from a set down to defeat the Australian in a match lasting two-and-a-half hours. It was Osaka’s biggest win at the WTA level. She went on to make the top 16 of the tournament before losing to Andrea Petkovic, German, previously ranked #9 in the world. Tennis great, Serena Williams, went on to win the Bank of the West Classic, but Naomi’s performance impressed many in the tennis world.

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams at the 2014 Bank of the West Tournament in Stanford, CA
Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams at the 2014 Bank of the West Tournament in Stanford, CA

So far Naomi has finished 2nd at professional tournaments in El Paso, Texas (2013), Irapuato, Mexico (2014), Gifu, Japan (2015), and Surbiton, UK (2015). Naomi is also continuing to beat professional women tennis players ranked much higher than her. She has proven that she has the raw talent and as she matures and gets stronger, look for her to be one of top women professional tennis players in the world. Keep an eye out for Naomi Osaka!

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  1. We are excited to report that Naomi Osaka, Haitian and Japanese, has just won the Indian Wells Masters (AKA BNP Paribas Open) women’s tennis tournament for singles!! Naomi, who was ranked 44th coming into the tournament beat the current women’s number 5 player, the number 1 player, and the number 20th player to win the Indian Wells Masters. She would have played one of the Williams sisters in the Indian Wells final except that Venus beat Serena in the round of 32, and then Venus lost in the semifinals against #20 Kasatkina who Naomi then beat in the final. Naomi has already beat Venus in a prior tennis tournament. We first wrote about Naomi in 2015 when she was just 17 identifying her as a breakout tennis star and she is certainly living up to that prediction at age 20 with this tournament championship over a very strong field. We have seen her play and she hits the ball with such power that she often scores about 60% of her points on her return or service, which is unusually high – most players score more points on their serve, not their return. She has a lot of tennis years left and we are very proud of this young lady and wish her continued blessings!

  2. Another big CONGRATULATIONS to Naomi Osaka on beating Serena Williams, her tennis idol and one of the most successful female tennis players of all time, in the first round of the Miami Open on March 21st, 2018, just days after Naomi won the Indian Wells Masters tournament! WOW – we are very proud of Naomi Osaka!

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