Tennis-U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka: First Grand-Slam Champion of Haitian Descent

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Factbox on Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who beat American Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 to win the women’s U.S.

Open title on Saturday:

Born: Oct. 16, 1997 in Osaka, Japan (age 20)

Grand Slam titles (1): U.S. Open 2018

* Won her first Grand Slam title after victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.

* Became Japan’s first Grand Slam champion and only the second Asian to win a major after China’s Li Na. Compatriot Kei Nishikori came close to winning the same title in 2014, but was beaten by Marin Cilic in the final.

EARLY LIFE

* Born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka grew up idolizing Serena Williams.

* Turned professional in 2013 aged 15 and moved to New York when she was three years old.

* Made her first main-draw WTA tour at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic. Osaka beat Sam Stosur in the first round before losing to Andrea Petkovic.

CAREER TO DATE

* Made her Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at the Australian Open in 2016, beating 18th seed Elina Svitolina in the second round but lost to former champion Victoria Azarenka in the next round.

* Cracked the world top 100 for the first time in April 2016 (and the top 50 later in the year). Was named 2016 WTA “Newcomer of the Year” after making third-round appearances at three Grand Slams and reaching her first WTA final.

* Won her first WTA title in March 2018 in Indian Wells, beating Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep along the way.

* She also beat Serena Williams the following week at Miami.

* Reached her career best ranking of 17 in July 2018. She is currently ranked 19 in the women’s tour.

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