September 6, 2018 / 8:23 AM / 10 months ago

Naomi Osaka: player profile

(Reuters) - Form guide for Japan’s Naomi Osaka ahead of Thursday’s U.S. Open semi-final clash against American Madison Keys (prefix number denotes seeding):

Sep 5, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits to Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in a quarter-final match on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS

20-Naomi Osaka

Age: 20

Height: 1.80 metres

Plays: Right handed

WTA ranking: 19

Grand Slam titles: 0

Best U.S. Open result: Semi-finals 2018

Osaka reached her first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday, in only her third appearance at Flushing Meadows, after cruising past Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.

Osaka, who was born in Japan but spent most of her childhood in the United States, claimed her first career title at Indian Wells earlier this year.

The 20-year-old is the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam and is looking to become only the second Asian to win a major after China’s Li Na.


First round: beat Laura Siegemund (Germany) 6-3 6-2

Second round: beat Julia Glushko (Israel) 6-2 6-0

Third Round: beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 6-0 6-0

Fourth Round: beat 26-Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) 6-3 2-6 6-4

Quarter-finals: beat Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) 6-1 6-1

Compiled by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru

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