Osaka at the 2016 US Open
|Full name||Naomi Osaka|
16 October 1997 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|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)|
|US Open||3R (2016, 2017)|
|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)|
|US Open||1R (2016)|
|Last updated on: 30 August 2017.|
Naomi Osaka (大坂 なおみ Ōsaka Naomi, born 16 October 1997) is a Haitian-Japanese professional tennis player who represents Japan in competitions. 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.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 WTA finals
- 4 WTA 125 series
- 5 ITF finals
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 Wins over top 10 players per season
- 8 References
- 9 External links
2013-2014: Career beginnings
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.
2015–16: Breakthrough: First WTA final and top-50 ranking
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.
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 the US Open, she made the biggest win of her career, defeating defending champion Angelique Kerber 6–3, 6–1 in the first round. She then defeated Denisa Allertová in three sets before falling to five-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi 3-6, 6-2, 5-7.
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) and can produce weak balls to hit winners off of. Osaka prefers to be attacking and is not as comfortable on defense.
Singles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||1.||25 September 2016||Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan||Premier||Hard||Caroline Wozniacki||5–7, 3–6|
WTA 125 series
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1.||15 November 2015||Hua Hin Championships, Hua Hin, Thailand||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova||4–6, 7–6(10–8), 4–6|
Singles: 4 (0–4)
|Runner-up||1.||2 June 2013||El Paso, United States||Hard||Sanaz Marand||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||9 March 2014||Irapuato, Mexico||Hard||Indy de Vroome||6–3, 4–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||3.||3 May 2015||Gifu, Japan||Hard||Zheng Saisai||6–3, 5–7, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||14 June 2015||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Grass||Vitalia Diatchenko||6–7(5–7), 0–6|
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
|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
|1.||Angelique Kerber||No. 6||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||1st Round||6–3, 6–1|
|2.||Venus Williams||No. 5||Hong Kong Tennis Open, Hong Kong||Hard||2nd Round||7–5, 6–2|
- "Naomi Osaka Biography". WTA. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- "GETTING TO KNOW... NAOMI OSAKA". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- "Bank of the West Classic Main Draw Singles" (PDF). Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- "Osaka Wins WTA Rising Stars Invitational", WTA News, 25 October 2015.
- 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.
- Harwitt, Sandra (7 July 2017). "Venus Williams tested, beats Naomi Osaka at Wimbledon". Usa Today. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
- 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.
- "Venus Williams suffers surprise defeat to Naomi Osaka in Hong Kong". Eurosport. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
- "Pavlyuchenkova beats Osaka in Hong Kong Open quarterfinals". Japan Today. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
- Official website (in English) (in Japanese)
- Naomi Osaka at the Women's Tennis Association
- Naomi Osaka at the International Tennis Federation
- Naomi Osaka at the Fed Cup
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