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Pan Pacific Open 2019: Naomi Osaka wins maiden tournament in city of birth, first title since Australian Open in January
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Pan Pacific Open 2019: Naomi Osaka wins maiden tournament in city of birth, first title since Australian Open in January

The victory avenged Osaka's defeat to Pavlyuchenkova in their only prior encounter, when the Russian beat the top seed en route to the 2017 Hong Kong Open title

Japan's Naomi Osaka looks forward to 2020 Tokyo Olympics after breaking into top-four in latest WTA rankings
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Japan's Naomi Osaka looks forward to 2020 Tokyo Olympics after breaking into top-four in latest WTA rankings

US Open champion Naomi Osaka on Monday set her sights on Olympic glory in 2020 as she became only the second Japanese woman to reach number four in the world rankings.

US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka refuses to criticise Serena Williams after controversial final, focused on WTA Finals qualification
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US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka refuses to criticise Serena Williams after controversial final, focused on WTA Finals qualification

Naomi Osaka will be playing at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, with which the Japanese US Open winner will hope to seal qualification for the WTA Finals at the end of the year.

US Open 2018: Ageless Kimiko Date to latest wunderkid Naomi Osaka, key players behind Japan's quiet rise in tennis
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US Open 2018: Ageless Kimiko Date to latest wunderkid Naomi Osaka, key players behind Japan's quiet rise in tennis

Japan found tennis the way many countries in Asia did early on: with colonisers. When missionaries and colonisers moved to Japan in the 19th century, they constructed tennis courts. Here's a quick look at the key players who have contributed to their tennis.

US Open 2018: Japanese media praises semi-finalists Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka's historic run at Flushing Meadows
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US Open 2018: Japanese media praises semi-finalists Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka's historic run at Flushing Meadows

Japanese media and fans on Thursday rained down the superlatives on tennis stars Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka who made history by both reaching the US Open semi-finals.

US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka becomes first Japanese woman to reach Grand Slam semi-final in 22 years
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US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka becomes first Japanese woman to reach Grand Slam semi-final in 22 years

Osaka wasn't born when compatriot Kimiko Date made the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1996 but now she has the opportunity to go one better by reaching a first Grand Slam final.

Japan Women's Open: Qualifier Zarina Diyas defeats local favourite Miyu Kato for first WTA title
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Japan Women's Open: Qualifier Zarina Diyas defeats local favourite Miyu Kato for first WTA title

Zarina Diyas beat fellow qualifier and local hopeful Miyu Kato 6-2, 7-5 to win her maiden WTA title at the Japan Women's Open.