Naomi Osaka

  • Australian Open Jan 24

    15-Year-Old Gauff Upsets ’19 Champ Osaka at Australian Open

    Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff pulled off a big upset at the Australian Open by eliminating defending champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the third round

  • Naomi Osaka Jan 5

    ‘Near Death’ Experience Gives Osaka New Perspective in 2020

    Naomi Osaka had what she calls a near-death experience in the off-season. Which means, at the very least, she felt really out of her depth.

    She also hired a new coach — Wim Fissette the latest to join her team — last month. So she may have a new perspective in 2020.

  • Sep 7, 2019

    Bianca Andreescu Beats Serena Williams in US Open Final

    Bianca Andreescu knew this would happen, because she knows all about Serena Williams. Looked up to her. Dreamed of playing her. Andreescu knew Williams would not go quietly. Knew Williams would not make things easy. And so as a big lead in the U.S. Open final dwindled Saturday, as she stuffed fingers in her ears to drown out the decibels...

  • Sep 2, 2019

    Defending Champ Osaka Loses to Bencic in US Open’s 4th Round

    Naomi Osaka’s achy left knee didn’t let her serve without pain, so she didn’t practice that key part of her game leading into the U.S. Open. The knee also prevented her from covering the court and preparing for shots the way she’d like. Those weren’t the only reasons that the No. 1-seeded Osaka’s 10-match winning streak at the U.S. Open...

  • Sep 1, 2019

    Serena Turns Ankle in US Open Win; Djokovic Quits His Match

    Serena Williams was in pain — “acceptable” pain, her coach called it — after rolling her right ankle during the second set of a U.S. Open victory. That was the bad news. On a day that defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic pulled out of his match because of a problematic left shoulder, the good news for Williams as she pursues...

  • Aug 31, 2019

    Coco Gauff Loses to 2018 Champ Osaka at US Open

    First, the tears came from Coco Gauff, as the 15-year-old American’s U.S. Open came to an end against defending champion and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka. Then it was Osaka’s turn to cry, moments after comforting Gauff with a hug and some words of encouragement Saturday night. Gauff has generated all sorts of attention already by becoming the youngest woman...

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Coco Gauff, 15, to Take on Defending Champ Osaka Next at US Open

    Coco Gauff is still not quite used to hearing her name shouted by thousands of U.S. Open spectators reveling in each booming serve, each “How did she do that?” shot and each victory by a 15-year-old American who is the youngest woman in the U.S. Open’s third round since 1996. Imagine what things might be like for what comes next:...

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Back at US Open, Serena Beats Sharapova for 19th Time in Row

    Serena Williams was not about to let Maria Sharapova make a match of this. So facing a break point early in the second set, Williams conjured up a backhand passing shot so good, so powerful, so precise, that Sharapova had no chance to reach it. Williams watched the ball land, and then raised a clenched left fist toward the night...

  • Aug 26, 2019

    Williams vs. Sharapova Highlights Day 1 as US Open Starts

    The year’s last Grand Slam tennis tournament gets started with quite a matchup: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to face each other at the U.S. Open for the first time.

  • Jul 9, 2019

    Serena Williams Shares Emotions Behind 2018 US Open Final

    Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has opened up about her experience competing in the 2018 U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka in a column for Harper’s Bazaar. Nearly a year ago, Williams was contending for her 24th career Grand Slam title, a mark that would have tied her with Margaret Court for the most in the Open era.

  • Jun 23, 2019

    Steph Curry in Japan to Talk Tokyo Olympics, Rui Hachimura

    Stephen Curry is already looking ahead to the next challenge in his basketball career, including the chance to represent the United States at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Just over a week since his Golden State Warriors lost a grueling NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors, Curry was in Tokyo on Sunday talking about the Olympics and the opportunity to face...

  • Jun 8, 2019

    Australian Wins 1st Major at French Open

    Ash Barty knew she needed a break from tennis, from the pressure and expectations, from the week-in, week-out grind. So she stepped away in 2014 and wound up trying her hand at cricket, joining a professional team at home in Australia. After almost two years away, Barty was pulled back to the tour. Good choice. Now she’s a Grand Slam...

  • Jun 1, 2019

    Serena Williams Joins No. 1 Osaka on Way Out of French Open

    Maybe it was the daunting deficit Serena Williams faced in the French Open’s third round. Maybe it was the way her 20-year-old American opponent, Sofia Kenin, was questioning line calls. Either way, as Williams attempted to start a comeback Saturday with a three-ace game, she followed those big serves with some serious staredowns. Whether it was meant to get herself...

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Osaka Wins Australian Open for 2nd Slam Title, No. 1 Ranking

    So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too. She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. Tugged at her visor’s pink brim. Trudged to the locker room between sets with a towel draped over her head. And then, after...

  • Jan 23, 2019

    1 Point Away, Serena Stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

    Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals. On the first such chance, at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set, she turned her left ankle awkwardly. The owner of the best serve in the sport would lose every point she served the rest of the...

  • Sep 15, 2018

    Serena Williams Talks Fashion, Not Fouls at Las Vegas Event

    Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas. The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn’t asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in New York during about...

  • Sep 14, 2018

    Umpire in Serena Williams US Open Final Controversy Returns to Work

    The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final is pleased to be getting back to work. Carlos Ramos is assigned to the Davis Cup semifinal between Croatia and the United States this weekend in Zadar. “I’m just focusing on this tie and working again. That’s all I can say,” Ramos told The Associated Press before the...

  • Sep 11, 2018

    Newspaper’s Cartoon of Serena Williams as Toddler Having Tantrum Slammed as Racist, Sexist

    A cartoon of tennis great Serena Williams published in an Australian newspaper is sparking backlash on Twitter with accusations of “blatant” sexism and racism....
    Herald Sun editorial cartoonist Mark Knight released the controversial cartoon depicting Serena Williams as a toddler having a tantrum on Monday, following her defeat by Naomi Osaka in the US Open Sunday....
    The 23-time winner of the Grand...

  • Sep 10, 2018

    Boos at US Open Final Left Winner Naomi Osaka ‘a Little Bit Sad’

    Naomi Osaka didn’t see what caused the uproar during the U.S. Open final she was playing against her idol, Serena Williams, so she was confused when it left the crowd booing — apparently for her. Williams’ argument with the match umpire over a coaching violation turned into a point for Osaka, then a game, in a much-maligned coaching decision that...

  • Sep 9, 2018

    Serena Williams Fined Total of $17K at US Open

    Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final. On Sunday, a day after the match, the tournament referee’s office docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket. The money comes...

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