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Tennis world erupts as Naomi Osaka hits sad three-year low

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Naomi Osaka’s turbulent 2021 has hit a new low, with the Japanese superstar dropping out of the top 10 in women’s tennis for the first time in three years.

The 23-year-old has been embedded in the top 10 ever since winning the 2018 US Open title in an infamous decider against Serena Williams.

The Japanese star, a former World No.1, has not played since exiting the US Open in the third round last month.

Osaka has been dealing with a well publicised mental health battle in 2021 and has been brought to tears during several press conferences in 2021.

The four-time major winner previously pulled out of the French Open and skipped Wimbledon this year to protect her mental health.

The sad reality of her continued break from the sport is that Osaka has now fallen to 12th in the WTA rankings.

It marks the Japanese star’s lowest ranking since before she claimed the first of four grand slam titles in the Flushing Meadows final against Williams.

Last week, the 23-year-old said that her return would be “probably soon” and that she “kind of” has “that itch again” to play competitive tennis.

Nevertheless, tennis fans have been left saddened to see Osaka hit a three-year low in the rankings.

Australia’s Ash Barty is well out in front of second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka as the number one player in women’s tennis.

Two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza jumped to sixth in the rankings after winning the title in Chicago last week.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who lost to Muguruza in the final, climbed to a career-high ranking of 14th.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu is also up to World No.22, following her whirlwind second half of the year.

Having taken three weeks off to digest her maiden grand slam triumph, Raducanu is poised for a busy month.

The US Open champion, who will play her first tournament since her stunning New York triumph at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells this week, has entered the Upper Austria Ladies Linz next month.

After Indian Wells, the 18-year-old has also entered the Kremlin Cup in Moscow beginning on October 18 and the Transylvania Open in her father’s home country of Romania the following week.

The Linz tournament begins on November 6, but Raducanu would be forced into a rethink should she qualify for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, with the two events overlapping.

The top eight players of the season qualify for the season-ending showpiece but with doubts over whether Osaka and Ash Barty will participate, there could be spots up for grabs for the likes of Raducanu.

WTA top 20 on October 4:
1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 9,077 pts

  1. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 7,115

  2. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 5,285

  3. Iga Swiatek (POL) 4,756

  4. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 4,668

  5. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 4,595 (+3)

  6. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4,376 (-1)

  7. Sofia Kenin (USA) 4,190

  8. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 4,055 (+1)

  9. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,835 (+2)

  10. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 3,735

  11. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 3,326 (-5)

  12. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 3,255

  13. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 3,220 (+2)

  14. Angelique Kerber (GER) 3,105 (-1)

  15. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 2,983 (+1)

  16. Simona Halep (ROM) 2,982 (-2)

  17. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2,885

  18. Cori Gauff (USA) 2,815

  19. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2,616 (+3)

Selected:

  1. Emma Raducanu (GBR) 2,558

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CONTROVERSY. Naomi Osaka’s boyfriend Cordae brags his relationship with the world no.2

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Naomi Osaka has been dating her boyfriend Cordae for more than 2 years often sparking some controversy. Cordae is an up-and-coming American rapper that loves sending strong messages. Last year, on the occasion of the US Open, he was wildly criticized for showing the middle finger when taking some pictures with Naomi Osaka after she won the trophy. That looked extremely inappropriate also because he was stealing the scene of his girlfriend with that questionable gesture.

Cordae has just launched a song, “More Life”, boasting his relationship with Naomi using the following (strong) words: “My girl a tennis star, you niggas out here marrying hoes.”

According to the comments, many people didn’t really like this.

Cordae and Naomi Osaka are a power couple pic.twitter.com/o8PIpGLpfa

— brown (@BrownRapFan) April 22, 2021

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Why Rafael Nadal only had one girlfriend in his life

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ABC gave more details on Maria Francisca Perello, Rafael Nadal’s longtime girlfriend and future wife. Maria studied Administration and Direction of companies in the Balearic Islands University. She did not make people notice she was Nadal’s girlfriend.

Then she started working in the department of Communication in Palma de Mallorca. Then she worked in London for Mapfre, which is connected to Nadal. She is currently the director of social integration of the Rafa Nadal Foundation which is based in Barcelona and ran by Nadal’s mother Ana Maria Parera.

In 2013 the couple bought a €4 million worth chalet where they live. Maria understands the sacrifices that her future husband does to keep competing at the highest level. They started dating each other in 2005. She rarely speaks about their relationship.

In 2011, she told John Carlin, writer of Rafa: My Story book, explaining why Nadal often goes to the tournaments being alone: “Travelling around the world would not be good for me and him either. If I followed him everywhere, I think we could stop getting well each other.”

A close source to the couple told ABC: “She gave him his room to relax and not feel tense. When one like Nadal goes through so much pressure he needs to be calm.” In an interview to TODAY Serena Williams was asked her thoughts on her sister Venus as an auntie.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner praised what she considers her best friend. “She’s great. None of us grew up! We’re all just a bunch of kids having fun”, said Serena who became mother of a daughter called Olympia in September 2017.

I feel like things should have changed more,” said Serena, who added: “I feel like the older (Olympia) gets, the more I go back to being how I was. I don’t know if that’s normal, but that (pre-baby life) started coming back for me.”

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Naomi Osaka Boyfriend: Tennis Star’s Rapper Boyfriend Didn’t Know She Played Tennis

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Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Osaka’s boyfriend – Cordae – was unaware of her tennis fame until after they started dating in 2019 and attended the US Open.

In a few years, Naomi Osaka has made herself at home in everyone’s hearts. She has bagged four Grand Slam titles and is without a doubt one of the best tennis players in the world. Her boyfriend, however, remained unaware of her being a tennis star until after he started dating her.

Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Who is Naomi Osaka dating?
As of now, the 23-year-old tennis star is dating Cordae Amari Dunston – mostly known as Cordae. While Naomi Osaka Cordae have been dating for quite some time now, Cordae was not really aware of Osaka’s tennis fame. “It’s not my sport,” the Grammy-nominated artist said during an interview. “If you asked me about tennis, before being immersed in it because of Naomi, I could only give you Venus and Serena Williams, you know? Because they’re just a part of the culture.”

Later, the rapper even admitted that he felt out of place during the 2019 US Open. “I don’t know if I ever told Naomi this or not, but I felt really out of place. Like, that was my first time being in an environment like that in my entire life,” he said while talking to GQ. He added that it was his first tennis match, and he went to schools where the majority of the kids were Black. As a result, it was “weird” for him to be in that space.

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Cordae, a rapper, moved to LA after college for his career. He released mixtapes as a teenager, going by the name of “Entendre”. He worked on raps as a hobby till 2018, slowly gaining interest later. He was a TBN collective member and was “YBN Cordae” while with them. Last year, he was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammys.

Is Naomi Osaka in a relationship? How did Naomi Osaka meet Cordae?

The couple, per reports, met in 2019. They dated in secret for around a year, before going for a date at a LA Clippers game. “I just remember seeing that there were so many people who wanted to take a picture with him,” Osaka said about their first date. ” And I just thought it was really cool how friendly and welcoming he was with everyone”.

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Osaka also revealed that she has been on tour with Cordae, which was like a fun adventure for her. Since then, Osaka has been introduced to a lot of older music by Cordae, which she said was interesting about him, “He knows the whole catalogue of everyone,” she said. “I feel like the knowledge that he has about his craft and his passion is so much more vast than mine”.

It’s Naomi Osaka walking infront of her billboards while wearing Cordae’s record label @hilevel merch for me!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/qkgXior7oN

— UnapologeticAyesha (@AyeshaAlerts) May 21, 2021
Cordae also spoke about them keeping their relationship private, and how they rarely post intimate moment which they consider sacred. “A relationship is really a sacred thing. Once you let outside influences get into it, it becomes less sacred”.

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