Naomi Osaka: two-time Slam champion to skip semi-final match in protest


< div> Two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka and currently ranked No. 10 in women’s tennis in the world, announced via Twitter on Wednesday that she would not be competing in the Western and Southern Open semi-finals as part of the of a demonstration following the shooting of Jacob Blake by the Kenosha police, Wis.

“I don’t expect anything drastic to happen if I don’t play,” Osaka wrote. “But if I can strike up a conversation in a predominantly white sport, I consider it a step in the right direction.

Osaka defeated Anett Kontaveit in straight sets in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. She was due to face Elise Mertens in Thursday’s semi-final match.


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