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After US Open Success, Naomi Osaka Set To Become One Of Sports Highest Earners

Following a three-year contract with Nissan, the Japanese player is on course to score another mega-deal worth millions within the coming days.

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 Naomi Osaka is on course to become one of the highest-paid female athletes in the world following a hike in sponsorships coming her way.

On Saturday the 20-year-old became the first Japanese player to win a grand slam title after defeating Serena Williams at the US Open. Since then, Osaka’s popularity in her country of birth and elsewhere has surged. Appearing on the front pages on almost all of Japan’s main national newspapers and receiving a congratulatory message from prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Osaka’s new found frame is also set to earn her millions in the coming years. On Thursday Nissan announced a new three-year deal with the world No.7. Where she will become the newest ambassador for the car manufacturer. Nissan hopes the signing of Osaka will make the brand appeal more to a younger demographic.

“This week has been a dream come to life, and I’m so honoured to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage,” Osaka at a special event where the deal was announced, according to a Nissan press release.
“The brand is always challenging expectations, and I look forward to bringing its vision for driving excitement to new audiences around the world,” she added.

Under the deal, Osaka will appear in global promotions and advertisements for the company. She will also be provided with vehicles from the company to use when she travels to tournaments around the world.

“With a combination of grit and grace, Naomi Osaka is not afraid to take on the best tennis players of our time, and win,” said Asako Hoshino, senior vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “This is the same spirit of performance that Nissan has embodied throughout our history – exemplified most recently by the Nissan LEAF, which defied the odds to become the best-selling electric vehicle in the world. And just like Naomi, Nissan is just getting started.”

Osaka is also reportedly in line to score another huge deal later this week. The Times Newspaper has reported that the Japanese player could sign a deal with Adidas worth $8.5 million per year. Should this occur, it would be the biggest deal ever involving a female tennis player. Osaka’s deal with Adidas is likely to be announced in the near future, according to her agent Stuart Duguid.

“I thought she would be an unbelievable player with marketing potential through the roof,” Duguid told The Times.
“We manage Nishikori so we know how strong that market is for endorsements.
“It’s very attractive for us and the blueprint was there.”

Part of the reason behind her massive appeal to the public is due to her heritage. Osaka has a Japanese mother and Haitian father, but has lived in America since the age of three. Making her appealing to a mixture of markets.

Elsewhere, the rising star of the women’s game also has endorsements with the Japanese sporting goods manufacturer, Yonex, food company, Nissin and Wowow.

Japanese ambitions

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Amid the hype surrounding Osaka, she is currently in Japan ahead of next week’s Pan Pacific Open. Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the US Open champion is targeting a spot in the year-end finals as well as breaking into the world’s top five.

“I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore,” Osaka told reporters.
“I want to do well at the Pan Pacific Open and maybe year-end top five – but I’m not putting pressure on myself. For now I’m just sort of riding the wave.”

Looking further afield, Osaka is also aiming to strike gold in 2020 when the Olympic Games are held in Japan. The country has only ever won three Olympic medals in tennis, but none of them have been by a woman. In the Open Era, Kei Nishikori is the only Japanese player to medal after winning bronze at the 2016 games.

“Of course I’m very excited the Olympics are going to be held in Tokyo,” She said. “It’s every athlete’s dream to play in the Olympics, so of course it would be my goal to win gold.”

Osaka will be seeded third at the Pan Pacific Open, which will begin on Monday.

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Camila Giorgi advances to the semifinals, as Victoria Azarenka withdraws from the match

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World Number 37 Camila Giorgi has advanced to the semifinal of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo after Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the quarter final match due to illness, while she was trailing 3-5 after just 28 minutes in the opening set. Giorgi has extended her win-loss record in her head-to-head matches against Azarenka.

Giorgi hit 10 winners to 4 unforced errors and converted both break points to reach the Tokyo Toray Open semifinal for the first time in her career. She set up a semifinal clash against this year’s US Open champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Barbora Strycova scoring her ninth consecutive win.

Azarenka earned the first break of the match in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Giorgi pulled the break back to love with a forehand return with a forehand return winner.

The Italian player hit a forehand reurn winner to pull the break back and won eight consecutive points to hold her next service game at love with a backhand volley winner.

Giorgi broke serve at love to open up a 5-3 lead before Azarenka was forced to withdraw from the match.

“The crowd are great here in Tokyo and it’s a real pleasure to play in front of the Japanese fans. Naomi Osaka is strong and powerful and I will play and focus on my game”, said Giorgi.

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Ekaterina Alexandrova upsets defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter finals in Seoul

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World number 122 Ekaterina Alexandrova upset 2017 Roland Garros champion and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 after 71 minutes in a match delayed by rain to clinch the first top 10 win of her career at the KEB Hana Bank in Seoul.

Before today’s match Alexandrova has never won in her three head-to-head matches against to-10 players. Alexandrova converted five of her eight break point chances and won 79 first serve points.

The 23-year-old Russian player set up a tough semifinal clash against Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-wei, who lifted the Hiroshima last week.

Ostapenko held serve in the first game with two consecutive aces, but she dropped her serve after a double fault. Alexandrova saved a break point to hold serve for a 3-1 lead. Ostapenko broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, as Alexandrova made a double fault. Alexandrova came back from 15-40 down to break again on her second chance with a forehand crosscourt winner.

Alexandrova earned three set points at 5-3, when Ostapenko hit a backhand wide. The Russian player hit a crosscourt backhand return winner to break serve at love.

In the second set Alexandrova got a break to open up a 3-1 lead, when Ostapenko made one of six double faults on the break point. Alexandrova held her serve to race out to a 4-1 lead after a hard-fought game. She hit a forehand winner to hold her serve for 5-2 in the seventh game and earned three match points with another forehand winner. She converted her first chance with a backhand return winner.

“I think it was a good match. I played well, and she also played well. I am just happy it worked out like this”, said Alexandrova.

Irina Camelia Begu beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-3 to reach her third quarter finals this year.Number 2 seed Kiki Bertens edged past Jakupovic Dalila 6-4 7-5.

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Camila Giorgi beats Caroline Wozniacki to score the ninth top 10 win in Tokyo

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This year’s Wimbledon quarter finalist Camila Giorgi came back from one set down in the third set to knock out Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 2-6 6-4 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo scoring the ninth win over a top 10 player in her career. With this win the Italian player has reached the quarter finals.

Giorgi broke this year’s Australian Open champion and former world number 1 player Caroline Woznaicki twice in the first five games of the opening set. Giorgi fired 16 winners to Wozniacki’s 4 in the first set.

Wozniacki, who was playing her first match since losing to Lesla Tsurenko in the second round of the US Open, fended off all nine break points (including six in the first two games, one in the first game and five in the second game at 1-1) and broke serve twice to clinch the second set 6-2.

Wozniacki reeled off eight of the first nine points of the decider to open up a 2-0 lead with a break of serve. Giorgi fought back from 0-30 down to break back. The Italian got the decisive break lead in the seventh game to draw level to 3-3 in her six career head-to-head matches against Wozniacki. Giorgi converted on four of her sixteen break points and hit 45 winners to 29 unforced errors.

The Italian player will take on former Australian Open champion and past world number 1 player Victoria Azarenka, who beat Ashley Barty scoring her first first win against a top 20 player in six months.

Giorgi has scored her ninth career win against a top 10 player and the the first on hard court since she beat Agnieszka Radwanska in Katowice 2015. It’s also the fourth win over a top 5 player and the first since beating Elina Svitolina in Birmingham in 2017.

Giorgi has won 23rd match this year and achieved her best result in her third appearance in Tokyo.

“I will just focus on my game, like always, and I will hope to play like this, very consistent”, said Giorgi.

 

 

 

 

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