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.

Osaka Fugitive Posed As Cyclist

Osaka fugitive posed as cyclist

An escapee from a police station in Osaka Prefecture carried out a daring deception, purporting to be a cyclist while he was at large. He evaded the police for 48 days.

Junya Hida, indicted for robbery and other charges, escaped from a police station in Tondabayashi City on August 12th. He was apprehended after he was caught stealing food last Saturday in the city of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Osaka Qualifies For Wta Finals

Osaka qualifies for WTA Finals

Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka has qualified for the Women's Tennis Association Finals in Singapore.

The tournament brings together the world's top 8 women's singles players of the season.

Osaka Fugitive Arrested While With Cyclist

Osaka fugitive arrested while with cyclist

Police will interrogate a fugitive who was recaptured in Yamaguchi Prefecture to determine what he was doing while he was on the run for 48 days.

The man, Junya Hida, was apprehended after he was caught stealing food on Saturday in the city of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Osaka Fugitive May Have Cycled 400 Km

Osaka fugitive may have cycled 400 km

Police say a fugitive recaptured in Yamaguchi Prefecture likely traveled 400 kilometers on a stolen bike after he escaped from a police station in Osaka Prefecture.

The man, Junya Hida, was apprehended after he was caught stealing food on Saturday in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.