Naomi Osaka Features in Yet Another Incredible Record Amongst Elite Sporting Personalities

Published 12/21/2021, 9:36 AM EST
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after recording match point Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has been one of the most successful players on the WTA Tour in recent times. The manner in which she has gone about things over the past few years has been exceptional. 

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At the age of just 24, Osaka is the proud winner of four Grand Slam titles. The Japanese star has been ruling the scenes on and off the tennis court. She has bagged some of the most lucrative deals with some of the biggest brands out there. 

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Naomi Osaka is the only tennis player to feature in this list 

Recently, Naomi Osaka featured in the list of the Most Influential Athletes in Sports Business in 2021. The tennis player finds herself in elite company, along with prominent players from other sporting fields. 

Athletes such as LeBron James, Simone Biles, Alex Morgan, Sinead Farrelly, Mana Shim, Maverick Carter, and Rich Paul feature along with the Japanese tennis star. 

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Osaka also overtook fellow WTA star Serena Williams and became the highest paid female athlete for 2021, earning $55.2 million from endorsements and prize money. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Osaka of Japan throws her racket down in frustration against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

In her career, Osaka has won four Grand Slam titles. All of them have been won on hard court surfaces, two at the Australian Open and two at the US Open. She won the Australian Open earlier this year. 

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Post that, her performances have taken a hit as she has not been able to perform up to her usual standards. She was unable to create an impact at the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. Well, now that the season is over, it will be interesting to see how the superstar performs in the upcoming season. All eyes will be on her when she steps on the courts once again.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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