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Naomi Osaka biography: 13 things about Haitian-Japanese tennis player

Naomi Osaka (大坂 なおみ) is an American professional tennis player of Haitian and Japanese descent. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She was born in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan to Haitian father Leonard Maxime François and Japanese mother Tamaki Osaka. François is from Jacmel, Haiti while Tamaki is from Hokkaido, Japan. She has a younger sister named Mari Osaka. (a) (b)
  2. She was 3 years old when she and her family moved from Japan to New York, United States. When she was 9 years old, they moved from New York to Florida, USA. (a) (b)
  3. She was 14 years old when she competed in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s Circuit, her first qualifying match, in October 2011. (c)
  4. She made her professional tennis debut in 2013. (a)
  5. In July 2014, she qualified for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour championship at Bank of the West Classic for the first time. In the first round match, she defeated 2011 US Open Champion Samantha Stosur. (a)
  6. In January 2016, she qualified to enter the Australian Open, her first Grand Slam. (a)
  7. In September 2016, she entered the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She was given a wildcard entry and had her first WTA final where she finished second. (a)
  8. In 2018, she won the US Open by defeating Serena Williams in the final round. Inthe same year, she started dating rapper Cordae Amari Dunston. (d) (e)
  9. In March 2018, she won the Indian Wells Masters in California, USA, making her the first Japanese woman to win the competition. (a)
  10. In 2019, she won the Australian Open by defeating Petra Kvitová in the final round. (f)
  11. In 2020, she won the US Open for the second time by defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final round. (d)
  12. In January 2021, she named the brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton. (d) (g)
  13. In February 2021, she won the Australian Open for the second time by defeating Jennifer Brady in the final round. (e)

 

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