37 Facts About Naomi Osaka

1. Naomi Osaka describes her journey over the past year after winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the US Open and Australian Open.

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2. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka stood out from their rivals, but there was much more that went on Down Under.

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3. Naomi Osaka made her Grand Slam debut at the start of 2016 and has, since then, delivered great performances in several high profile tennis events including defeating Maria Sharapova at Indian Wells and Venus Williams in the Hong Kong Open.

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4. Naomi Osaka turned pro just a month short of her 16th birthday.

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5. Naomi Osaka will face Lesia Tsurenko in the next round of the tournament.

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6. In 2015, Naomi Osaka won the Rising Stars Invitational exhibition tournament; thus beating Carolina Garcia to win the tournament.

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7. Naomi Osaka began her career journey in 2012 when she participated in the ITF Circuit competitions.

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8. Naomi Osaka is a Japanese-American professional tennis player currently ranked 19th in the women's singles and 324th in world's women doubles.

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9. Naomi Osaka is pretty open when it comes to her professional career.

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10. Naomi Osaka stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 152 pounds.

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11. Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player who became the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, defeating Serena Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open.

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12. Naomi Osaka already was the first player representing Japan—female or male—to win a Grand Slam singles title.

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13. Naomi Osaka was born in Japan—her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian—and she moved to New York at age 3.

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14. Naomi Osaka is committed to play the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship next.

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15. Naomi Osaka is still tired after her long Australian Open run and she will not be able to compete at the Qatar Total Open in Doha that starts next week.

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16. Naomi Osaka is an aggressive and offensive player from the baseline.

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17. Naomi Osaka was her coach in 2013 when she reached her first ITF final.

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18. Naomi Osaka finished the year as the WTA Tour leader in prize money, having earned almost $6.4 million.

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19. Naomi Osaka began coaching Naomi and Mari once they settled in the United States.

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20. Naomi Osaka was born on October 16, 1997, in Chuo-ku, Osaka in Japan to Tamaki Osaka and Leonard Francois.

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21. Naomi Osaka is known for her aggressive playing style with a powerful serve.

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22. Naomi Osaka made her breakthrough into the upper echelon of women's tennis in 2018, when she won her first WTA title at the Indian Wells Open.

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23. Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal.

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24. Naomi Osaka has a multi-ethnic background with her father being born in Haiti and her mother being from Japan.

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25. Naomi Osaka is a brand ambassador for Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan Motor and Japanese electronics manufacturer Citizen Watch.

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26. Naomi Osaka made her Hopman Cup debut in 2018 with Yuichi Sugita.

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27. Naomi Osaka finished the year as the WTA Tour leader in prize money, having earned $6,394,289.

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28. Naomi Osaka closed out the year by participating at the WTA Finals, where she was grouped with Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber, and Kiki Bertens.

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29. Naomi Osaka was drawn against Madison Keys in the semifinals, and was able to avenge her tough loss from the 2016 US Open to advance to the final.

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30. At the Indian Wells Open, Naomi Osaka had the next big breakthrough of her career.

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31. In their second tournament together, Naomi Osaka produced her career best result at a Grand Slam event.

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32. In September 2013, Naomi Osaka turned pro shortly before turning 16 years old.

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33. Naomi Osaka has never won a title at the ITF level, only managing to finish runner-up on four occasions.

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34. Naomi Osaka is known for her multi-ethnic background and her shy, candid personality.

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35. Naomi Osaka has a career-high Women's Tennis Association ranking of No 4 in the world, which she achieved in October 2018.

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36. Naomi Osaka has set her sights on becoming better on different surfaces, as the US Open champion's season ended in tears at the WTA Finals on Friday.

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37. Naomi Osaka always trains in Boca Raton and the 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert often sees her.

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