Naomi Osaka

Osaka Has the Goods To Top A New Era of Women’s Tennis

STARNBERG, September 22, 2020 One thing that we have learned about tennis in the modern era is that the age of winning your first Grand Slam isn’t really all that important a marker for future success. Martina Hingis, for example, […]

Naomi Osaka Pulls Out Of The French Open

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) US Open champion Naomi Osaka will miss this month’s French Open, citing a sore hamstring and the short preparation time for clay following her third Grand Slam title last Saturday. Osaka, 22, wrote […]

Naomi Osaka: The Day After The Night Before

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) On the day after Naomi Osaka won her second US Open singles title and third major championship overall, she spent a part of her Sunday doing a photo shoot on the grounds of […]

Osaka And Azarenka Deliver A Compelling US Open Final

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Saturday’s US Open women’s singles final will be remembered for having the smallest crowd gathered for a title match in the world’s largest tennis venue. Blame it on the coronavirus pandemic, which shut […]

Naomi And Vika: Plenty Of Wisdom In Their Words

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) There’s a lot wisdom and personality – and plenty of heart and soul – that comes from watching Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka, this year’s US Open women’s singles finalists, give their virtual press […]

Osaka, Azarenka To Play For US Open Women’s Title

WASHINGTON, September 11, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Both of Thursday’s US Open women’s semifinal matches, played with the roof closed on Arthur Ashe Stadium thanks to a rainy New York City evening, were characterized by toughness, tenacity and competitiveness. In the first […]

Katrina Scott: An American Teen Makes A Name For Herself

WASHINGTON, September 4, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Making a Grand Slam debut is always an exciting if not nerve-racking experience. Just ask Katrina Scott, an American 16-year-old wild card playing in her first US Open main draw. She got the […]

Naomi Osaka And Her Masks: ‘Just Spreading Awareness’

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) When Naomi Osaka walked out on Arthur Ashe Stadium following her introduction, she used this moment during her Opening Night first-round match Monday to send a message – and it’s one she plans […]

Azarenka Claims Western & Southern Open Title After Osaka Withdraws

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) By walkover, unseeded and 59th-ranked Victoria Azarenka won the Western & Southern Open women’s singles title for the second time on Saturday. Earlier, World No. 10 Naomi Osaka withdrew from the final due […]

Western & Southern Open Set To Resume With Osaka

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Throughout Thursday morning, accolades came pouring in via social media for Naomi Osaka, following her bold stand Wednesday night to sit out playing her Western & Southern Open semifinal round match to protest […]