World No. 2 Naomi Osaka is set to make her return on the WTA tour in the coming week as the Japanese superstar will be back on the tour after the 2021 French Open. The 23-year old was last seen in action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the first time since the Grand Slam in Paris and now resumes action on the WTA Tour for the first time since then.
Osaka is part Japanese and part Haitian as her mother belongs from Japan and her father from Haiti in the US. Given her origins, the 4-time Grand Slam winner decided to donate all her winnings at the 2021 Cincinnati Open to victims of the devastating earthquake that has rocked Haiti. Many have been left homeless and have suffered injuries with many feared trapped.
“Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising,” tweeted Naomi announcing her generous donation to help the victims of the disaster.
Naomi will be one of the top-seeds at the WTA-1000 tournament is scheduled from 16th August 2021 with the finals scheduled on 22nd August 2021 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center where the ATP-1000 event will also take place.
Naomi Osaka will be seeded 2nd at the Cincinnati Open
With the 2021 US Open set to begin in a fortnight, all the top-ranked players are on the lookout for game time as they prepare to challenge for the final Grand Slam of the season. The Cincinnati Open will see 9 of the top-10 ranked players playing at the tournament where the former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is the defending champion and seeded 14th at this year’s edition.
Naomi had made it to the finals of the 2020 edition but had to withdraw before the finals as she picked up a left hamstring injury and decided to rest herself before the 2020 US Open where she went on to lift her 3rd Grand Slam title defeating Azarenka in the finals.