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Articles tagged: Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka had classy gesture for Coco Gauff after match

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Naomi Osaka ended fan-favorite Coco Gauff’s run at the US Open on Saturday, but the Japanese-born player won over fans with her classy gesture after the match.

Osaka, who won the tournament last year by beating Serena Williams in a controversial finals match, steamrolled Gauff 6-3, 6-0 in one hour and five minutes to advance to the fourth round.

Gauff, who is just 15, was making her Arthur Ashe Stadium debut in front of a sold-out crowd. Getting trounced had to have been disappointing, even if it came at the hands of the No. 1-ranked woman in the world. Gauff was somewhat tearful after the match, so Osaka went to speak with her and give her a pep talk. Osaka encouraged Gauff to join her for a post-match interview that way she could get the adulation from the fans that she deserved before exiting the court.

Gauff could be heard declining because she thought she would cry. Osaka encouraged her in response.

Gauff ended up speaking with ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez on the court for an interview:

The gesture and class displayed by Osaka was well-received by the tennis and sports community at large.

Naomi Osaka exits press conference early after upset loss at Wimbledon

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Naomi Osaka has not gotten used to losing much lately and had a difficult time handling the media after her upset loss at Wimbledon on Monday.

Osaka, the two seed on the women’s side, lost to Yulia Putintseva in straight sets 7-6, 6-2 in the first round at the All England Club. The first-round defeat marked her earliest grand slam loss since the 2017 French Open and comes after she recently won the US Open and Australian Open for her first two career majors.

Though Osaka answered questions in her post-match press conference, she was visibly uncomfortable and asked to end the session early because she said she felt like she was about to cry.

Since winning the Australian Open in January, Osaka has gone 13-7, with six of the losses coming to players outside the top 20. She’s also dealt with abdominal and hand injuries. Putintseva might very well be a bad matchup for Osaka, as she also lost to her in the second round at Birmingham in straight sets.

Fans attack Naomi Osaka’s Instagram page after controversial win

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One of the unfortunate side effects of Saturday’s controversial U.S. Open women’s final is 20-year-old Naomi Osaka’s first Grand Slam title being somewhat overshadowed by the events involving Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

Williams was the crowd favorite at the U.S. Open, and there was definitely some disappointment to see her lose, especially the way she did. The game penalty assessed to her late in the match added fuel to those who felt she was robbed of a winnable match, and unfortunately, a number of fans took it out on Osaka’s Instagram comments.

It’s incredibly disappointing to see this, as it detracts from what was an outstanding performance by the 20-year-old. Many of these comments choose to ignore that one vital fact: Osaka was already winning when Williams was assessed the game penalty. She won the first set 6-2 in dominant fashion and was up a break when the game penalty was assessed, seemingly on her way to winning even without it as long as she held serve, and the game penalty came when Osaka would have been serving anyway.

Some will argue that, right or wrong, the umpire’s decisions were frustrating and distracting for Williams and helped lead to the break. Others will suggest she could have broken back during the set that ultimately was awarded to Osaka. Maybe so, but the reality of the situation was that Osaka was the better player on Saturday even before the umpiring controversy erupted. Ignoring that is unfair to her. The circumstances of the match are controversial, and understandably so. The fact that Osaka won it shouldn’t be.

Watch: Naomi Osaka cries, unable to answer question after winning US Open

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Naomi Osaka was left in tears over the way her first grand slam title ended.

Osaka, 20, beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the finals of the US Open on Saturday, but the ending was marred by controversy. The controversy was so strong that it led to booing from the fans, all of which prevented Osaka from being able to enjoy the moment of her triumph.

She was seen crying while Williams received the runner-up trophy.

Osaka was also unable to answer the first question she received from ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi during the trophy presentation interview.

“I’m gonna sort of defer from your question, I’m sorry,” Osaka apologized. “I know that everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”

Osaka later was able to answer questions and said it was an honor to be able to face Serena, to whom she has looked up.

Naomi Osaka ‘really’ wants to play Serena Williams

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Naomi Osaka will be gunning for Serena Williams in the US Open finals.

Osaka defeated Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals of the US Open on Thursday night. After the match, the 20-year-old was asked by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi how she was able to fight off all 13 break points she faced. Osaka gave a great answer, saying she was motivated by the idea of facing Serena in the finals.

Williams had won her semifinal match just before Osaka and Keys took the court, so she knew what was awaiting.

Some players enter matches against Serena intimidated or fearing her because of her career accomplishments and big-hitting, but that will not be the case for Osaka. She seems fearless and excited entering the match, which will mark her first career grand slam final.