Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player and former World No.1, a ranking she reached in January 2019. Osaka is the first Asian woman to reach the No.1 spot in women’s singles. She has seven WTA singles titles to her name and she has four Grand Slam titles, two Australian Open titles, and two US Open titles.
Naomi Osaka was born on October 16, 1997, in Chūō-Ku, Osaka, Japan. Her mother is Japanese and her father is Haitian. Her older sister Mari Osaka also used to play tennis professionally. When Naomi was three, her family moved to New York. At present, Osaka lives in Beverly Hills, California in the United States.
Her father introduced Mari and Naomi to Tennis. Although she and her sister were raised in the United States, their parents decided to let them represent Japan. She turned pro in 2013. In 2020, she started being coached by Wim Fissette. She and Fisette parted ways in 2022. Throughout her career, Osaka has won $21,050,567 in Prize money.
As a junior, Osaka played in the ITF Junior Circuit. She turned pro in 2013 just before she turned 2016. That year, she broke into the Top 50 of the World Rankings and she was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year.
In 2016, she made her Grand Slam singles main draw debut. She made it to the third rounds of the Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open. She won her first singles Grand Slam in 2018 at the US Open, beating out Serena Williams in a stunning upset.
A few months later, she followed up her US Open win by taking home the Australian Open title in 2019, beating Petra Kvitova. The following year, she won the US Open a second time, beating Victoria Azarenka in the finals.
In 2021, she represented Japan in the Tokyo Summer Olympics. She made it to the third round. She was also featured in the Opening Ceremony of the games. In the Australian Open in 2022, she won her second Aussie Open title, beating Jennifer Brady.
In 2022, Osaka suffered from injuries that kept her from playing in many tournaments. She also dropped out of the Top 50 of the world rankings. By July 2022, she is rising in the rankings and is ranked No.40 as of July 26, 2022.
- Highest Singles Ranking: 1 (January28, 2019)
- Current Singles Ranking: 40 (July22, 2022)
Best Grand Slam Singles Performances
- Australian Open - W (2019, 2021)
- French Open - 3R (2016, 2018, 2019)
- Wimbledon - 3R (2017, 2018)
- US Open - W (2018, 2020)
Other Singles Tournaments
- Tour Finals - RR (2018, 2019)
- Olympic Games - 3R (2020)
- Highest Doubles Ranking: 324 (April3, 2017)
Best Grand Slam Doubles Performances