Naomi Osaka Climbs To Top Of Tennis Rankings

Naomi Osaka climbs to top of tennis rankings

The Women's Tennis Association has announced that Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has become the world's number one in women's singles rankings after she won the Australian Open on Saturday. She is the first singles player from Asia to make it to the top of the tennis rankings.

The WTA released its latest rankings on Monday. The 21-year-old player was ranked fourth going into the tournament in Melbourne.

Naomi Osaka Tops World Tennis Ranking

Naomi Osaka tops world tennis ranking

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world's Number-One singles player.
The WTA's latest ranking puts her at No.1, up from the 4th spot.

It follows her weekend win of the Australian Open. She is the first singles player from Asia to top the rankings.

Naomi Osaka: Happy And Surprised

Naomi Osaka: Happy and surprised

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka says she is happy, but also surprised about winning the women's singles title at the Australian Open.

Osaka spoke to reporters in Melbourne on Sunday, a day after she defeated Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the tournament final and won her second straight Grand Slam.

Tennis/ Kvitova-osaka: Australian Final From Different Perspectives

TENNIS/ Kvitova-Osaka: Australian final from different perspectives

MELBOURNE, Australia--Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. The tears, for a long time private, were in a very public arena this week.

A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand was a punctuation point in her career, as she sees it. There's the before--two Wimbledon titles--and her "second career"--which so far is highlighted by her run to Saturday's Australian Open final.

Osaka To Face Kvitova In Australian Open Final

Osaka to face Kvitova in Australian Open final

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is set to face Czech player Petra Kvitova in the women's singles final of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Osaka, ranked fourth in the world, is the first Japanese player to advance to a singles final at the Australian tournament.

Osaka Advances To Semifinals In Australian Open

Osaka advances to semifinals in Australian Open

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has advanced to the women's singles semifinals in the Australian Open for the first time.

Osaka, ranked fourth in the world, beat seventh-placed Elina Svitolina from Ukraine in 2-0 straight sets in the quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Tennis/ Racket-smashing, Tumbling Osaka Advances At Australian Open

TENNIS/ Racket-smashing, tumbling Osaka advances at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia--Naomi Osaka had the umpire warning her for spiking her racket in the first set, and checking on her welfare when she tumbled near the baseline in the next.

The U.S. Open champion had a topsy-turvy third-round at the Australian Open on Saturday, getting within two games of elimination before finding her range against a tricky Hsieh Su-wei and winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

Naomi Osaka To Start New Season

Naomi Osaka to start new season

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has her sights set on rising to number one in the world ranking as her new year's goal. The US Open winner was enthusiastic when she spoke to NHK.

Osaka said "I think winning the Grand Slam and for it to be the first Grand Slam is something that people will think about. But I think for me I have a lot of goals and I don't really want to stop at just once."

800 Santas Put On Handbell Performance In Osaka

800 Santas put on handbell performance in Osaka

About 800 children and their parents dressed in Santa costumes have put on a Christmas handbell performance in Osaka, western Japan.

The event on Sunday was at the Grand Front Osaka commercial complex. Choir members were recruited from the public.

Osaka Gets 2025 World Expo

Osaka gets 2025 World Expo

The Japanese city of Osaka will host the 2025 World Expo. The city won a 3-way race over 2 rounds of voting at the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris on Friday.

Delegates from 156 member nations cast ballots. Baku in Azerbaijan was eliminated in the 1st round. Osaka won the largest number of votes but fell short of the required two-thirds majority to win outright.

Osaka Officials Leave For Paris For 2025 Expo

Osaka officials leave for Paris for 2025 Expo

Top Osaka officials have left for Paris, France, to rally support for their bid to host the 2025 World Expo.

Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura left Kansai International Airport for the French capital on Monday.