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Shy Osaka must learn to deal with limelight, says Kvitova

FILE PHOTO – Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 26, 2019. Japan’s Naomi Osaka attends a news conference after winning her match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi – (Reuters) – Two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says Naomi Osaka’s shyness is a problem for her as she struggles to deal with the increased scrutiny in the wake of her success at the Grand Slams and her rise to the top of the world rankings. A tearful Osaka admitted difficulty in dealing…

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Tearful Osaka stunned by Mladenovic in Dubai

(Reuters) – A tearful Naomi Osaka said she was struggling with the attention of being the world’s top-ranked woman after being stunned 6-3 6-3 by France’s Kristina Mladenovic in her opening match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 26, 2019. Japan’s Naomi Osaka attends a news conference after winning her match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi Playing her first match since claiming the number one ranking with her Australian…

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Naomi Osaka blames scrutiny over coaching split for Dubai defeat

Naomi Osaka lost her serve seven times as Kristina Mladenovic beat a world number one for the first time in her career Japan’s Naomi Osaka blamed scrutiny following the split from her coach for defeat in her first match since becoming world number one. The Australian and US Open champion, 21, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the Dubai Tennis Championships second round. It was her first match since since splitting with Sascha Bajin last week. Asked if she could block out reaction to the news, she…

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Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to sacrifice her happiness after split from coach

Naomi Osaka started working with Sascha Bajin (left) at the start of 2018 World number one Naomi Osaka says she was not willing to “sacrifice” her happiness following her surprise split from coach Sascha Bajin last week. Osaka split with Bajin 16 days after winning the Australian Open, which sealed back-to-back major titles after she won her first at the 2018 US Open. “If I’m not waking up happy to practise and happy to be around the people I’m around, this is my life,” Osaka said. “I’m not going to…

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Naomi Osaka: World number one splits with coach Sascha Bajin

Naomi Osaka started working with Sascha Bajin (left) at the start of 2018 World number one Naomi Osaka has split with her coach Sascha Bajin 16 days after winning the Australian Open. The Japanese 21-year-old, whose win in Melbourne sealed back-to-back Grand Slam titles, worked with the German for just over a year. “I will no longer be working together with Sascha,” Osaka tweeted. “I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future.” Bajin was named WTA coach of the year for 2018. He…

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Tennis: Osaka splits with coach Bajin

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Brisbane International – Women’s Quarter Finals – Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia, January 3, 2019 Japan’s Naomi Osaka with coach Sascha Bajin before her match against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova REUTERS/Patrick Hamilton (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka, winner of the past two grand slam tournaments, has parted ways with her coach Sascha Bajin. Osaka became world number one when she won the Australian Open last month, after previously beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final in September. “I will no longer be working together with Sascha,” tweeted…

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Osaka pulls out of Qatar Open with injury

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Photo Shoot – Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia, January 27, 2019. Japan’s Naomi Osaka poses with her trophy. REUTERS/Edgar Su TOKYO (Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open with an unspecified back injury, tournament organizers said on Tuesday. Osaka, who was set play for the first time since her Australian Open triumph, has suffered with back problems in the past. “I am sorry to have withdraw from Doha this year as I was looking forward to…

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Osaka edges Kvitova to claim Australian Open crown

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka overcame nerves and a spirited challenge from double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to claim the Australian Open title with a 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4 win on Saturday. Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 26, 2019. Japan’s Naomi Osaka kisses her trophy after winning her match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon It was a second successive Grand Slam title for the Japanese, after her U.S. Open triumph in September, and she became the first Asian player to…

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Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova to win title

Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online. Japan’s Naomi Osaka beat Czech Petra Kvitova in a seesaw Australian Open final to win back-to-back Grand Slams and become the new world number one. The US Open winner, 21, missed three championship points in the second set but regrouped to win 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-4. The fourth seed…

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Naomi Osaka: Noodle company apologises for ‘white-washing’

Image copyright Nissin Image caption A manga version of Naomi Osaka (right) appeared alongside fellow player Kei Nishikori The headlines should all have been all about Naomi Osaka’s victories on the tennis courts in Melbourne, Australia. Instead, the Haitian-Japanese sports star has once again found the coverage diverted by a row over a cartoon. This time, it is Japanese noodle company Nissin which has been accused of “whitewashing” the mixed-race Osaka in a manga drawing. Many people have been left questioning how exactly this could happen a second time. When…

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