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For Joel Tansey's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Expectations make it tough on former No. 1 Naomi Osaka

Tennis Jul 2, 2019

Expectations make it tough on former No. 1 Naomi Osaka

Facing break point at 2-2 in the second set, Naomi Osaka fired a flat, roughly 180 kph serve to Yulia Putintseva's backhand, seemingly handcuffing her tricky Kazakh opponent. Putintseva made an almost apologetic stab at the return that floated over the net and was called ...

Naomi Osaka returns to hunter role at Wimbledon

Tennis Jun 30, 2019

Naomi Osaka returns to hunter role at Wimbledon

A shocking coaching change, off-court distractions, the pressure of added expectations as world No. 1: There's no one-size-fits-all explanation for Naomi Osaka's struggles since winning the Australian Open. All three were among the reasons American tennis legends and commentators Chris Evert and John McEnroe cited ...

Kei Nishikori faces daunting challenge against 'King of Clay'

Tennis Jun 4, 2019

Kei Nishikori faces daunting challenge against 'King of Clay'

Robin Soderling. Novak Djokovic. Kei Nishikori? The native of Shimane Prefecture on Tuesday will attempt to join one of the most exclusive clubs in tennis: Players who have beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open. The Spanish legend is an other-worldly 90-2 on the red clay ...

Clay a big challenge for Naomi Osaka

Tennis May 25, 2019

Clay a big challenge for Naomi Osaka

It's been 10 months since a woman other than Naomi Osaka hoisted a Grand Slam singles trophy, but if the star is to make it three majors in a row she's going to have to do something she hasn't done at any level as ...

Osaka's split with coach shocks tennis world

Tennis Feb 13, 2019

Osaka's split with coach shocks tennis world

Deep into the Melbourne night on Jan. 26, the newly crowned world No. 1 was still fielding questions from a room full of reporters. "For the second grand slam final of your career, what kind of things did you talk about with (coach) Sascha (Bajin) ...