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Naomi Osaka overpowers Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win Australian Open

Naomi Osaka on Saturday won her fourth Grand Slam title as she defeated Jennifer Brady in straight sets to clinch the women’s singles final of the 2021 Australian Open. The Japanese won the match 6-4, 6-3. Osaka, the first Japanese player to win a major, extended her winning streak to 21 matches with this victory.  

Feb 20, 2021, 15:50 PM IST

Australian Open 2021: COVID-19 lockdown warrior Brady faces Naomi Osaka in final

While some of those in hard quarantine complained about not being able to train before the Grand Slam, Brady likened it to a long decompression session that probably helped her bulldoze through the draw against better-prepared players. Now the rising 25-year-old faces the ultimate test of her resilience against Osaka. 

Feb 19, 2021, 11:19 AM IST

Australian Open 2021: Tearful Serena cuts news conference short after semis exit

Serena Williams won her last major title in 2017 at Melbourne Park before taking a break from the sport to give birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, and has lost four major finals since returning to tennis in 2018. The 39-year-old, who is one Grand Slam short of Margaret Court’s record, walked off Rod Laver Arena to a standing ovation on Thursday.

Feb 18, 2021, 12:50 PM IST

Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka sweeps past Serena Williams to reach final

Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in straight sets in the Australian Open 2021 semifinals to reach the final. She will face the winner of second semifinal between Karolina Muchova of Czech Republic and Jennifer Brady of the United States for the year's first Grand Slam title.

Feb 18, 2021, 10:14 AM IST

Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka posts 12th Slam win in a row, enters semis

Seeded third, Osaka reached 122 mph (196 kph) on her serve against Hsieh. She hit seven aces, lost only two points on her first serve and was never broken. Osaka also played excellent defense, such as in the final game, when she raced forward to chase down a drop shot.

Feb 16, 2021, 09:24 AM IST

Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams reach quarters, Dominic Thiem slumps out of Australian Open

Fans remained absent from Melbourne Park for a second day because of the state of Victoria`s coronavirus lockdown and Osaka`s victory was greeted with taped applause piped into the stadium. "I`m tired right now, that was tough," said Osaka, who mixed 40 winners with 36 unforced errors over the contest. 

Feb 14, 2021, 15:40 PM IST

Aus Open: Rock solid Naomi Osaka marches into third round

The Japanese third seed fired six aces at her French opponent in the first set and four in the second. Garcia was unable to muster up a single break point over the contest. The 2019 Australian Open champion said she had started the match wary of the threat posed by Garcia, a former world number four now ranked 43rd. 

Feb 10, 2021, 16:54 PM IST

Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams cruises into second round with Naomi Osaka and Venus Williams

Williams wore a colorful one-legged catsuit, and her game looked flashy, too. She lost only nine points on her serve and hit 16 winners. Her sister, Venus, won a Grand Slam match for the first time since 2019. Playing in her 21st Australian Open, the elder Williams beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2.

Feb 08, 2021, 09:46 AM IST

Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka sails into second round with Venus Williams

Osaka pulled out of the semi-final of the Gippsland Trophy with a shoulder niggle but betrayed no sign of injury to the smattering of spectators in the centre court terraces. Osaka next faces Caroline Garcia for a place in the third round. 

Feb 08, 2021, 08:03 AM IST

Australian Open: Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka advance in tune-up events

World No. 1 Ash Barty will play American Shelby Rogers in the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic and could potentially face Serena Williams in the semifinals. Williams was playing Tsvetana Pironkova in a night match on Margaret Court Arena.

Feb 03, 2021, 11:20 AM IST

Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open with hamstring injury

Japanese tennis star and world No.3 Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open due to a hamstring injury.

Sep 18, 2020, 08:48 AM IST

La Lakers superstar Lebron James congratulates Naomi Osaka on US Open triumph

Both James and Osaka have been at the forefront of the Black Live Matter movement

Sep 13, 2020, 15:48 PM IST

Naomi Osaka defeats Victoria Azarenka to win US Open

Naomi Osaka ended Victoria Azarenka`s dream run to claim her second US Open title in three years with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 comeback win on Saturday which cemented her status as the sport`s leading light both on and off the court.

Sep 13, 2020, 07:21 AM IST

US Open 2020: Victoria Azarenka stuns Serena Williams to set up Naomi Osaka showdown

The Belarusian has now set up a clash against Japanese tennis player and world No.10 Naomi Osaka in the final of the Grand Slam event.

 

Sep 11, 2020, 10:59 AM IST

Naomi Osaka downs Jennifer Brady to reach U.S. Open final

Two-times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka advanced to the U.S. Open final for the second time in her career with a 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 victory over big-hitting Jennifer Brady on Thursday.

Sep 11, 2020, 09:15 AM IST

US Open 2020: Naomi Osaka enters semifinals after straight-sets victory over Shelby Rogers

The Japanese player stayed on track for a second major at Flushing Meadows with a convincing win in the quarters. She will next face American Jennifer Brady in the semis

Sep 09, 2020, 12:56 PM IST

Mask after mask, Naomi Osaka extends support to 'Black Lives Matter' protest at US Open 2020

The 2018 US Open champion has been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement. In each round, the player born to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is wearing a different mask which bears the name of a black victim

Sep 07, 2020, 14:12 PM IST

US Open 2020: Naomi Osaka keen to spread awareness about racial injustice

The former US Open champion walked onto court with a mask bearing the name of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by police officers in March

Sep 01, 2020, 14:56 PM IST

US Open 2020: Naomi Osaka allays injury fears in three-set win over Misaki Doi

Osaka, the 2018 US Open champion, defeated her compatriot in the first round at Flushing Meadows. The Japanese had been forced to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open final on Saturday because of a hamstring injury. 

Sep 01, 2020, 14:35 PM IST

Western and Southern Open: Novak Djokovic takes on Roberto Bautista Agut, Naomi Osaka faces Elise Mertens in semis

On Thursday, Djokovic eased past Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1 in a one-sided quarter-final contest.

 

Aug 28, 2020, 12:05 PM IST