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Naomi Osaka to take another break from tennis

– – Naomi Osaka says she will take another break from tennis after her US Open title defence ended in the third round. The world number three lost 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez. Osaka withdrew from this year’s French Open after revealing she has struggled with her mental health since first becoming a Grand Slam champion in 2018. The 23-year-old also missed Wimbledon before returning to the sport at the Tokyo Olympics, where she lit the flame at the opening ceremony. “I feel like I’m kind of at…

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Serena Williams leaves news conference in tears after Osaka loss

– – Serena Williams left her Australian Open news conference in tears after her semi-final defeat by Naomi Osaka. The American great saw her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title ended by Japan’s three-time major champion Osaka, who won 6-3 6-4. She gave the crowd inside Rod Laver Arena a long wave goodbye with her hand over her heart, leading to questions over the 39-year-old’s future. She responded: “I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone.” Williams became tearful when asked a further question…

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Serena Williams to face Naomi Osaka in Aus Open semi-final

– – Serena Williams produced a stunning performance to beat second seed Simona Halep and set up an Australian Open semi-final with Naomi Osaka. The 39-year-old American, bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, won 6-3 6-3 against the Romanian. “I think this is the best match I played this tournament,” said Williams, who moved well and hit 24 winners. Earlier on Tuesday, Osaka cruised past Hsieh Su-wei in just 66 minutes to reach the last four. The Japanese third seed, who won the second of her three Grand…

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