Naomi Osaka

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Naomi Osaka
大坂 なおみ
Osaka US16 (17) (29235634064).jpg
Osaka at the 2016 US Open
Full name Naomi Osaka
Country (sports)  Japan
Born (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 20)
Osaka, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach David Taylor
Prize money US$1,034,976
Official website
Career record 125–90 (58.14%)
Career titles 0 WTA
Highest ranking No. 40 (17 October 2016)
Current ranking No. 65 (16 October 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2016)
French Open 3R (2016)
Wimbledon 3R (2017)
US Open 3R (2016, 2017)
Other tournaments
Career record 2–11
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 324 (3 April 2017)
Current ranking No. 697 (28 August 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2017)
French Open 2R (2016)
Wimbledon 1R (2017)
US Open 1R (2016)
Last updated on: 30 August 2017.

Naomi Osaka (大坂 なおみ, Ōsaka Naomi, born 16 October 1997[1]) is a Haitian-Japanese professional tennis player who represents Japan in competitions.[2] On 17 October 2016, Osaka reached her best singles ranking of world no. 40. On 3 April 2017, she peaked at world no. 324 in the doubles rankings.

She defeated defending US Open champion Angelique Kerber in the first round of the 2017 US Open.

Personal life[edit]

Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan, to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother.[1] She has an older sister, Mari, who is also a professional tennis player.


2013-2014: Career beginnings[edit]

Osaka made her main draw WTA tour debut at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, having firstly entered the qualifying tournament and defeating Alla Kudryavtseva and Petra Martić for a spot in the main draw. She was then pitted against 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur and came from a set down to defeat the Australian in a match lasting 2 1/2 hours. It was Osaka's first main draw match win at the WTA level.[3]

2015–16: Breakthrough: First WTA final and top-50 ranking[edit]

During the 2015 WTA Finals she won the Rising Stars Invitational exhibition tournament, defeating Caroline Garcia in the final.[4]

In her grand slam debut, Osaka reached the third round of Australian Open as a qualifier defeating Donna Vekic and 18th seeded Elina Svitolina in straight sets. She ended up losing to former champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. During the clay season, Osaka reached the third round of the French Open. She defeated 32nd seed and future champion Jeļena Ostapenko and Mirjana Lučić-Baroni both in straight sets. She then lost to former finalist and 6th seed Simona Halep in three sets, despite capturing the first set.

After an injury forced her out from participating in Wimbledon, Osaka reached the third round at the 2016 US Open. She defeated 28th seed Coco Vandeweghe coming from a set down and she also defeated Duan Yingying in straight sets before falling to American Madison Keys 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7). She had led 5-1 in the third set.

She started off the fall Asian swing competing at the 2016 Japan Women's Open, where she comprehensively beat Anett Kontaveit in the first round before falling to Zhang Shuai in straight sets. The next week saw Osaka's main breakthrough arrive at the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open, where she was given a wildcard and went on to defeat fellow countrywoman Misaki Doi, Dominika Cibulkova, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and Elina Svitolina to reach her first WTA final. In the final, she fell to former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. With this result, Osaka moved into the Top 50 of the WTA rankings.

Osaka was voted the newcomer of the year in the 2016 WTA Awards.


At the Australian Open, Osaka won her first round match before losing to Johanna Konta in straight sets. She also lost in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships to Christina McHale.

She had multiple second-round and third-round losses at Indian Wells, the Miami Open, and the Volvo Car Open. She qualified for the Women's Stuttgart Open before losing to Konta again in the first round. She was unsuccessful in the rest of her clay season.

Osaka lost in the first round of the Nottingham Open, in straight sets. She was able to win a match at the Birmingham Open before losing to Lucie Safarova in the next round. She also lost to Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets at the Eastbourne International tournament.

At Wimbledon, Osaka defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo and Barbora Strýcová before losing to Venus Williams in the third round.[5][6]

At the US Open, she made the biggest win of her career, defeating defending champion Angelique Kerber 6–3, 6–1 in the first round.[7] She then defeated Denisa Allertová in three sets before falling to five-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi 3-6, 6-2, 5-7.

In October, she beat Venus Williams in the second round of the Hong Kong Open before being beaten in the quarter-final by the eventual winner, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.[8][9]

Playing style[edit]

Osaka is an offensive baseliner. She is able to hit winners off both sides. She likes to attack with her big forehand, but she can also plant her feet and rip her backhand for winners as well. Her serve is consistent and very strong – up to 125 miles per hour (201 km/h)[7] and can produce weak balls to hit winners off of. Osaka prefers to be attacking and is not as comfortable on defense.[citation needed]

WTA finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Category Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 25 September 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Premier Hard Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 5–7, 3–6

WTA 125 series[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 November 2015 Hua Hin Championships, Hua Hin, Thailand Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 4–6, 7–6(10–8), 4–6

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (0–4)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 2 June 2013 El Paso, United States Hard United States Sanaz Marand 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 9 March 2014 Irapuato, Mexico Hard Netherlands Indy de Vroome 6–3, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 3 May 2015 Gifu, Japan Hard China Zheng Saisai 6–3, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 14 June 2015 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass Russia Vitalia Diatchenko 6–7(5–7), 0–6

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Tournament 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Australian Open A 3R 2R 0 / 2 3–2
French Open A 3R 1R 0 / 2 2–2
Wimbledon Q1 A 3R 0 / 1 2–1
US Open Q2 3R 3R 0 / 1 4–2
Win–Loss 0–0 6–3 5–4 0 / 6 11–7

Wins over top 10 players per season[edit]

Season 2017 Total
Wins 2 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 6 US Open, New York, United States Hard 1st Round 6–3, 6–1
2. United States Venus Williams No. 5 Hong Kong Tennis Open, Hong Kong Hard 2nd Round 7–5, 6–2


  1. ^ a b "Naomi Osaka Biography". WTA. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "GETTING TO KNOW... NAOMI OSAKA". Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bank of the West Classic Main Draw Singles" (PDF). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Osaka Wins WTA Rising Stars Invitational", WTA News, 25 October 2015.
  5. ^ Culpepper, Chuck (5 July 2017). "Venus Williams advances in her 20th Wimbledon. Her next opponent has been alive for 19 of them". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Harwitt, Sandra (7 July 2017). "Venus Williams tested, beats Naomi Osaka at Wimbledon". Usa Today. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Joseph, Adi (29 August 2017). "Who is Naomi Osaka? 19-year-old stole U.S. Open spotlight with Round 1 upset". USA Today. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Venus Williams suffers surprise defeat to Naomi Osaka in Hong Kong". Eurosport. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Pavlyuchenkova beats Osaka in Hong Kong Open quarterfinals". Japan Today. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 

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Preceded by
Russia Daria Gavrilova
WTA Newcomer of the Year
Succeeded by