Japan's Naomi Osaka wowed tennis fans at the Tokyo Open -- her first tournament since defeating Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, NY earlier this month.

The 20-year-old phenom impressed an enthusiastic crowd as she beat Dominika Cibulkova in the 3rd round of the Tokyo Open on Wednesday. Osaka earned 2 breaks in the 1st set and thee breaks in the 2nd set to overwhelm Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 in just 59 minutes.

Osaka, who was born in Osaka, Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father, thrilled the crowd by answering questions in broken Japanese.

After winning the U.S. Open, Osaka told journalists she was working on her native language. Osaka and her parents moved to the United States when she was 3.

Osaka will meet either Anett Kontaveit or Barbora Strycova in the quarter finals of the Tokyo Open this week.

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  • Trace da Ace

    GET IT GIRL!!!!! So happy and proud of her!!!! #getyours

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Congrats ..... <3

  • WhoKnew

    I'll say it again. I believe she has a very bright future ahead of her. You go, girl!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I do not follow Tennis or any sport but when WE win, I am very Proud (Grateful to God.)

  • Bashi22

    Good for her she did played well

  • Bashi22

    Good for her she did played well

  • IAmLegend

    Nice win but also expected. Osaka is #7 in the world and Cibulkova is #29. The good thing is this is a small tournament and Osaka won't face anybody ranked higher than her until the semis. With Sloane Stephens losing in the first round, I think Osaka has a good chance of winning the whole tournament. Go Osaka!

  • IAmLegend

    Nice win but also expected. Osaka is #7 in the world and Cibulkova is #29. The good thing is this is a small tournament and Osaka won't face anybody ranked higher than her until the semis. With Sloane Stephens losing in the first round, I think Osaka has a good chance of winning the whole tournament. Go Osaka!

  • TriniHarlem

    So what I'm not going to do today is be on this Japan tip when as a society they treat hafus like shit. Her own damn family disowned her mom hence moving here since 3. So umm nah Japan clout chase your ass someplace else today. Still side eye her father however I'm happy Naomi is a nice spirit and will achieve much success.

  • TriniHarlem

    So what I'm not going to do today is be on this Japan tip when as a society they treat hafus like shit. Her own damn family disowned her mom hence moving here since 3. So umm nah Japan clout chase your ass someplace else today. Still side eye her father however I'm happy Naomi is a nice spirit and will achieve much success.

  • Trey

    So I guess her Haitain part gets no love....

  • MookieFly

    Wow didn't know her mom was ostricized. Is the daddy still in the picture? I'm surprised he hasnt been dragged yet

  • TriniHarlem

    He doesn't like the spotlight so at her matches he's around. They are going to only push her mom and her Japanese culture mind you she's been in Florida since she was 3 so um yea ?. My mom follows tennis heavy since Arthur Ashe days so she keeps me updated on everything ?

  • Yardgirl

    Thank you!!!! The way mixed children are treated is deplorable so I was mad salty to see them crowing and glowing about her win!! She was never accepted and left at 3 but NOW they are proud?? FOH

  • TriniHarlem

    I started researching heavy when Miss Japan won and was a hafu. They way they treated her and talked about her down to her skin and hair was enough for me. Then the docus out there is like wow. They are only acknowledging her because it's good for Japan they could care less about her. Her father is what's disappointing because to be Haitian and to be docile to another culture is mind blowing. Haitian history is RICH and my pride would not allow my child to take on a culture's name that don't want shit to do with me.

  • Soda

    Broken Japanese ---how's her French, or is daddy invisible there too?

  • Renee26

    Lol they were pleased she used broken Japanese

  • Renee26

    Lol chile it's hilarious how Auntie writes these stories

  • Renee26

    Right

  • Renee26

    They must not be financing her career...so she's the Jap sides token athlete

  • tintin

    "Osaka and her parents moved to the United States when she was 3"

    Where did her mama find a black man to procreate with in Japan

  • Soda

    Maybe he was visiting from Hati but I know there are many of Black American servicemen there.

  • Yardgirl

    Exactly!! She should be touted as Haitian American waaay before being called Japanese for the simple fact that they don't like us. Worst part she looks more black than Japanese, the thing they hate the most. After the end of the Vietnam war the orphanages were filled with mixed children thrown away like trash. I remember watching a 60 Minute profile on them and it made me so sad/mad.

  • TriniHarlem

    Chile we reading and comprehending from the same book ?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Japan’s Naomi Osaka wowed tennis fans at the Tokyo Open
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    I guess this answers why so many were like why she RUSH to Japan after her US Open win...umm bc she had to WORK?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm with you on that. Japan as a whole is a very racist society, especially toward black people.
    I'm happy for Naomi's success, but I do feel some type of way about those Japanese fawning over her now, when most of them wouldn't care about her if she was just some other half black/half Japanese woman.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Kudos to her and her future endeavors

  • TriniHarlem

    Very racist society. Somehow when success is achieved the need to belong takes over ?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Said this original story. They sent women to the mountains after WW who even procreated with WHITE servicemen. So hell naw they dont like black folks. They even hate Koreans. To them it Japs or nothing.

    And its an article I read earlier today...about how playing for Japan is going to shorten her career. Greatly. That NO mixed person "pans out". Black Japs. An Indian Jap. And mad Mayo Japs were listed.

  • TruthshallsetUFree!!!!

    She really did get lucky!! It’s a good thing for her career though!!

  • MookieFly

    At least he attends her matches. I loved how S and V's dad was front and center during their rise. Made it known you will not disrespect my children

  • TriniHarlem

    Yup Japan or nathan is the mentality. They don't pan out at all according to the docs I seen. They use them for all the media hype etc then trash them. Which is why I am confused at the father's stance and being Haitian and docile to another culture.

  • TriniHarlem

    The William's father is a strong black man and I will leave it at that.

  • Omandesert

    Military

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    I like her! She is black and she actually dig black men!! Kudos to her!! I wonder will we get behind her like we have Serena.

  • monique

    Why do parents of other nationalities not enforce their native tongue on their children? This is a useful and lucrative asset.

  • monique

    And a Haitian at that. There are a few mixed people in Japan. They are looked down on though.

  • monique

    Money.

  • TriniHarlem

    Yes the obvious lure. It was a rhetorical

  • Sassie

    Bingo

  • EMILY POST

    Osaka and Sloane are my favorites. And the little youngin that’s destined to be great in tennis Coco...
    Lol why people mad cause Japan ?? only cape for their culture... that’s how most asian cultures survive and remain strong... only the weak cultural esteem having cultures or those lacking cultural values encourages the destruction of theirs. Lol that’s funny some people upset that other groups don’t value race mixing.

  • Ms. Jackson

    ... Right

  • Ms. Jackson

    Correct.

  • Ms. Jackson

    That was my first thought

  • dontgetblocked

    This girl is a gold mine. She's really American but was born in Japan. She just landed lucrative Adidas and Nissan contracts. She's young and a hard worker. She doesn't seem to be about glitz and fame. She wants to win and land the dollars. I'm excited for her.

  • Jethro

    Serena is and will always be a legend, proven by the desperation shown by all these random Osaka posts. Stop using the girl to serve your petty agenda.

  • Eileen

    why are they trying to make her the next serena and not give her daddy credit? she is hatian and a nice young black girl.

  • Eileen

    side eye side eye if she wre not a famous japanese they would not have anything todo with her i am only speaking the sad truth. BTW where is her black daddy?

  • Eileen

    now thats the million dollar ?

  • Eileen

    sad but true...

  • Eileen

    so sad but very true!!!

  • TheOwley

    This is the best player the Japanese have ever produced. Funny how she is half Japanese and raised there in their homeland yet they may not connect with her because of genes mixing. How sad is that.

  • Waya Hedia

    I saw her on Youtube on the Ellen show. I like that she's still humble and shy. Refreshing after the Williams' ego.

    Oh .. I also like that she actually looks like a girl. There is that.

  • Waya Hedia

    News Flash. There are black people in Japan.

  • Ozad

    news flash..mostly US military folk

  • nicfury420

    I lived in Jp for 3yrs. There are alot of Africans, Haitians & oddly enough Phillipino people over there. And lets not forget our men in uniform that are stationed over there w/the various branches of the military.

  • Pamela

    She grew up in the US since age three. So technically she's more American than Japanese.

  • TheOwley

    Thanks.

  • the guest

    Exactly. She born there for Japanese citizenship and was given the mother's maiden name to distinguish her from being considered regular black or African American. The only people the Osaka-Francois's are connected to are black Americans.

    The tennis world just couldn't wait to push a "lesser black" "prettier according to Euro standard" and "good hair" brown girl to be the face of tennis.

  • the guest

    Her Haitian father raises her to know Haitian culture but raises her to claim her Haitian side in word but he named and raised her socially distinguish herself from being thought of as black or African American and to identify as Japanese. She identifies according to her nationality and citizenship which is Japanese.

  • the guest

    THANK YOU!

  • the guest

    Her black daddy will tell you he's not black he's Haitian.

  • the guest

    Japan has a tremendous and lucrative hip hop and black culture sub culture.

  • the guest

    He doesn't want his daughters mistaken for or associated as black or African American. Even if they were broke and she wasn't famous he would be distancing her from black.

  • Dee

    She is Japanese, just as I, and perhaps You are American. It’s her place of birth. Just as her father is Haitian not because of his parentage, but because it’s where he was born. If you’re born in France, you’re a French citizen. Why Blacks can’t grasp this concept is a mystery. Shes Of Japanese and Haitian ethnicity, but her nationality is Japanese which is what she won under. She’s not from Haiti, and she wasn’t playing for Haiti, she was playing for Japan, and that’s who she won for.

  • Eileen

    Not being thought of as black...umh he wanted to make that well known even if it means denying himself they Are both of the black diaspora Japan rallied around her because she won...we know that the Japanese are very xenophobic

  • Eileen

    She may need Japanese by culture bit that is because she won..