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Naomi Osaka pledges all her Western & Southern Open winnings to earthquake victims in Haiti

Haiti victims will receive Naomi Osaka winnings

Tennis star Naomi Osaka announced that she will donate her winnings from the 2021 Western & Southern Open to help the victims of an earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday morning. 

Death toll: The 7.2-magnitude earthquake has left at least 1,297 people dead and over 5,700 injured, forcing the Haitian government to declare a state of emergency, CNN reported. 

Simone Biles says Naomi Osaka inspired her to focus on mental health

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Simone Biles has credited Naomi Osaka for her decision to pull out from the gymnastics team final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, saying the tennis star inspired her to “focus on my mental health.”

Why this matters: Biles’ exit has raised awareness on how mental health is equally important to physical health, especially among athletes in high-stress environments such as the Games. Last month, Osaka dropped out of the French Open to give herself a break from social anxiety and “long bouts of depression.”

Naomi Osaka advances into Olympics third round feeling ‘refreshed and happy’

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Naomi Osaka is back on the court, and she’s already won the first two matches in the beginning days of her Olympics debut in Tokyo.

On to the third round: Representing Japan in the Games, Osaka faced off against China’s Zheng Saisai on Sunday and defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-4 in Ariake Tennis Park’s Centre Court. In the second round on Monday, she defeated Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic, 6-3, 6-2.

Australian sports writer doesn’t think Naomi Osaka is Japanese enough to light Olympic torch

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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka is apparently not Japanese enough to light the Olympic cauldron, as far as one Australian journalist is concerned.

Fanning the flame: In his article for The Australian, titled “Burning question: How Japanese is Naomi Osaka?”, writer Will Swanton claimed the Tokyo Olympic committee “got it wrong” by having Osaka light the symbolic torch during the Games’ opening ceremony on Friday.

Naomi Osaka becomes first Haitian and Japanese woman on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, gets bullied for it

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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman and Black female athlete to appear on Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition cover.

Making history: Osaka, who is representing Japan in the Tokyo Olympics later this month, shared the historic cover for SI’s 2021 Swimsuit issue with rapper Megan Thee Stallion and activist Leyna Bloom, reported USA Today.

Naomi Osaka shines light on backlash over representing Japan at Olympics in new Netflix series

In her new self-titled Netflix docuseries, Naomi Osaka discusses the backlash she received for representing Japan instead of the U.S. at the Tokyo Games. 

No surprise: The 23-year-old Haitian-Japanese player said her decision to play for Japan at the Olympics should not surprise her critics, noting that she has been playing for her birth country since she was 14, Insider reported.

Three-part Naomi Osaka documentary series produced by Lebron James to premiere on Netflix

Netflix’s upcoming documentary series about Naomi Osaka gives viewers a look into her private life, the challenges she faced and what it’s like to be one of the world’s best tennis players. 

Watchlist: Titled Naomi Osaka,” the three-part series follows Osaka “during a historic two years in which she works on her game but also begins to find her voice,” according to Deadline.

Naomi Osaka wants to ‘inspire’ girls to change ‘expectations’ in Olympics ‘Stronger Together’ campaign

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Naomi Osaka joins Usain Bolt and Tony Hawk in the Olympics “Stronger Together” video series campaign to discuss stereotypes and embracing individuality. 

Osaka’s feature: The tennis star is making her Olympic debut and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched her story as part of their latest campaign on July 8.