Tennis/ Shy Naomi Osaka Must Adjust To Limelight, Says Kvitova

TENNIS/ Shy Naomi Osaka must adjust to limelight, says Kvitova

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says Naomi Osaka's shyness is a problem for her as she struggles to deal with the increased scrutiny in the wake of her success at the Grand Slams and her rise to the top of the world rankings.

A tearful Osaka admitted difficulty in dealing with the attention of being the world's top-ranked woman after a shock defeat by France's Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Resort Town Hosts Slipper Table Tennis Tourney

Resort town hosts slipper table tennis tourney

A table tennis tournament using slippers as rackets was held at a hot spring resort in the western Japanese city of Matsue.

More than 300 people, including tourists, gathered in a gymnasium in Tamatsukuri Onsen, a town known for its hot springs. Men's, women's and mixed doubles games were played in tournament style.

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.

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.

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.

Tennis/ Nishikori Silences Portuguese Fans With Sousa Rout

TENNIS/ Nishikori silences Portuguese fans with Sousa rout

MELBOURNE, Australia--Japan's Kei Nishikori moved swiftly into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday after beating Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6(6) 6-1 6-2.

The comfortable victory came as a relief to the eighth seed and former U.S. Open finalist after he battled through consecutive five-set matches in the opening rounds.

Harimoto, 15, Wins Table Tennis Grand Finals

Harimoto, 15, wins table tennis grand finals

Japanese table tennis star Tomokazu Harimoto has set another record by becoming the youngest winner of a singles title in the World Tour Grand Finals.

The 15-year-old Harimoto, the world's number 5 player, beat 4th-ranked Lin Gaoyuan of China in the final of the tournament in South Korea on Sunday.

Table Tennis Star Ai Fukuhara Feels 'lighter'

Table tennis star Ai Fukuhara feels 'lighter'

Japanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara says she feels "lighter" now that she has reached her well-thought-out decision to retire from competition.

The 29-year-old told reporters on Wednesday that she'd long mulled whether to call it quits.

Table Tennis Star Ai Fukuhara To Retire

Table tennis star Ai Fukuhara to retire

Japanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara has announced her retirement. The announcement was posted on her weblog on Sunday.

In her post, Fukuhara said she will become 30 years old this year and she has spent much of her life devoted to table tennis. She says it has taught her everything that is important in life.