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But who is Naomi Osaka? We take a look at the rising star.
—Osaka was born on Oct. 16, 1997, in the city of Osaka on the Japanese island of Honshu. Moved to NY when she was a baby. Her mother is Japanese and her father Haitian. Niomi Osaka represents Japan Island nation in competitions. But as the daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father she has made it clear she’ll never neglect to proudly represent her Haitian heritage
—Her current ranking of No. 22 in the world is the highest in her fledgling career.
—Osaka is an aggressive baseliner, with a strong forehand and powerful serve.
—Osaka’s idol is Serena Williams: “Serena’s my favorite player. Just playing against her is kind of like a dream for me, so I’m very grateful that I was able to play her and it’s even better that I was able to win.”
—She made her WTA Tour debut at the 2014 Bank of West Classic at Stanford. Osaka beat Sam Stosur in the first round before losing to Andrea Petkovic.
—In January 2016, Osaka appeared in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open. She reached the third round before losing to Victoria Azarenka.
—After one final, four quarterfinals and third-round appearances at three Grand Slams, Osaka was named 2016 WTA Newcomer of the Year.
—The 2018 Australian Open saw Osaka reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
—At Indian Wells on Sunday, the youngster claimed her first WTA Tour crown.
—Osaka has beaten four current/former WTA number ones in her last eight matches — Williams, Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep.