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Pliskova beats Osaka to win Pan Pacific Open

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Nice work Karolina!

Naomichan, well done in the good run - glad to hear your were feeling tired because that effort looked woefully lacking when Pliskova was serving for the match - you usually want to at least swing your racket, but then as US Open champ you know that :)

Hope she has a good rest and onwards and upwards.

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Below is a very good news article:

Warning to Naomi Osaka: Playing for Japan can seriously shorten your career

BY DEBITO ARUDOU

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Just pranking, Smith. No harm, no foul, no instant replay needed.

@yoshisan, Naomi's career as a multi-millionaire tennis player is partly thanks to Japanese mega-corps, plus the foresight of her dad Mr. Francois. We should look at aging/ injury and the coach's input as more important than (arrggh) nationality. Case in point: Big sis Mari Osaka has only earned 9300 dollars in prize money this year because of a size, talent (and probably coaching) gap.

Debito can be a good read but do you think after a certain threshold of earnings that the length of a sports career matters at all? Look at Kimiko Date, who consistently set age records over 40, and now has her own niche career chatting about Naomi. Someday, the torch will pass again, and I doubt there will be sourness from Ms. Osaka about how her career played out.

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TV crew captured a conversation between Osaka and her coach when she called a coaching break during the match. She can be heard complaining, saying something like she was under "so much stress here."

Maybe she'll start reconsidering her nationality.

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Hard to believe. She beat a power house the other day

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I would like to see her keep winning, so that Japan will likely have to reconsider their stupid nationalist law allowing only one citizenship, when Naomi turns 21 and is forced to choose between JP and US citizenship, and will probably lean towards US.

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I would like to see her keep winning, so that Japan will likely have to reconsider their stupid nationalist law allowing only one citizenship, when Naomi turns 21 and is forced to choose between JP and US citizenship, and will probably lean towards US.

The age is 22, and she can just claim Japanese citizenship, while not giving up her american citizenship.

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She was tired and the other players were much bigger than her. Er...well anyway, she was tired.

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