Facts about Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is 21 years old
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Best known as: Winner of the 2018 U.S. Open

     

Naomi Osaka Biography

Naomi Osaka is the women’s tennis star who won the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open.

Naomi Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father; they met when her father was a college student visiting Japan. The family moved to New York City when Naomi was three, then eventually on to Florida, where Naomi’s father, Francois, served as her tennis coach. She played a small number of junior events before turning pro at age 15 in 2013.

Always known as a big hitter, she began to refine her game as she worked her way up through the ranks. She was named the WTA Tour’s Newcomer of the Year for 2016. She won her first tour tournament at Indian Wells in 2018, then followed that with an even bigger breakthrough when she defeated Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

The next year beat Petra Kvitova 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4 to win the Australian Open on January 26, 2019.

Extra credit

Naomi Osaka is 5’11” tall, according to the WTA Tour. That’s about 1.80 meters… Naomi Osaka’s older sister, Mari Osaka, is also a professional tennis player.


     

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