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Player - Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

JPN | Rank: 48
Age19
BirthplaceOsaka, Japan
Tournament entry ranking48
Highest singles ranking40 (17-OCT-2016)
PlaysRight-Handed
Height5' 11" (1.80 m)
Weight152 lbs. (69 kg)
YTD wins0
YTD loses0
YTD titles won0
Career titles0
Career prize money$640,996
A new face to the ASB Classic, Naomi Osaka is considered the biggest talent on the WTA Tour. She was named 2016 WTA Newcomer of the Year. With the award, she follows in the footsteps of previous winners Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters. Osaka was not born when Venus Williams made her French Open debut in 1997. The 19-year-old Japanese player enjoyed a breakthrough year on the tour in 2016, rising to a career-high ranking of No.40 after finishing 2015 ranked No.203. However it has been Grand Slams where the young teen has really impressed reaching the third round at the three Grand Slams she played in 2016 (Australian Open, French Open and US Open). In addition to her Grand Slam feats, she was a force on the tour as well and she became the first Japanese player since 1995 to reach the final at the Toray Pan Pacific Open. As a wildcard, she knocked out Misaki Doi and Dominika Cibulkova before losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Additionally, she was a three-time quarterfinalist: at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Brasil Tennis Cup and Tianjin Open. The teenager was born in Osaka (same as her surname), Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, but the family moved to New York when she was three.

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