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Osaka tennis.

Osaka tennis.

Osaka tennis

Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Osaka has lived and trained in the United States since age three. She came to prominence at age 16 when she defeated former US Open champion Samantha Stosur in her WTA Tour debut at the 2014 Stanford Classic. Two years later, she reached her first WTA final at the 2016 Pan Pacific Open in Japan to enter the top 50 of the WTA rankings. 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. Later in the year, she defeated 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams in the final of the US Open to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Since 2018, she has won a Grand Slam singles title in four consecutive years.

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Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Osaka has lived and trained in the United States since age three. She came to prominence at age 16 when she defeated former US Open champion Samantha Stosur in her WTA Tour debut at the 2014 Stanford Classic. Two years later, she reached her first WTA final at the 2016 Pan Pacific Open in Japan to enter the top 50 of the WTA rankings. 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. Later in the year, she defeated 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams in the final of the US Open to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Since 2018, she has won a Grand Slam singles title in four consecutive years. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

After her huge improvement the previous year, Osaka was unable to set a new career-high ranking in 2017. Nonetheless, she maintained a steady ranking throughout the season, rising no higher than No. 44 while falling no lower than No. 68, her year-end ranking. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Osaka is the first player since 2001 to win a maiden Grand Slam and immediately back it up by winning the following one after she hoisted the 2019 Australian Open trophy with a three-set victory over Petra Kvitová (CZE). With her win Down Under, Osaka became the first Japanese player - male or female - to sit atop the professional rankings. Such is the nature of the ranking system, Osaka’s success in previous years will begin to count against her the more she doesn’t play, and the Japanese sensation is in danger of falling out of the world’s top 10. )

Raducanu catapulted up the world rankings last month after winning the US Open but suffered a second-round defeat at Indian Wells a fortnight ago to dent her qualification hopes. (Source: www.givemesport.com)

 

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