first_img FOLLOW US COMMENT WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE First Published: 11th October, 2019 16:58 IST Written By Jatin Malu center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Naomi Osaka has reportedly decided that she wants to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Osaka had a dual Japanese/US citizenship since birth. She turns 22 years old on October 16. According to Japanese laws, individuals born with dual citizenship must choose one by the age of 22. Osaka was born in 1997, that meant she had until next Wednesday, and she’s decided to retain Japanese citizenship.ALSO, READ | Ind Vs SA: Faf Du Plessis’ Bowling Changes Baffle Laxman And SmithOsaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian-American father. She moved to the US with her family at the age of 3 and was raised there. “It’s definitely going to be very special. I think there’s no other place that I’d rather play my first Olympics. I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happen to me. I think I will be able to put more of my emotion into it by playing for the pride of the country,” she told Japanese press. Osaka added she aims to go for gold but she is worried about the expectations as they will be high.ALSO, READ | Sachin Tendulkar Gives Suggestions To Revive Mumbai’s Cricket GloryOsaka’s rise:Osaka won the China Open on Sunday and is currently the No 3 ranked women’s singles player in the WTA. Osaka created history in the US Open with a win against Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in 2018, which made her the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam title. Since then, she has won a second Grand Slam title after defeating Petra Kvitova in the 2019 Australian Open, which she called one of the “happiest moments” of her life.ALSO, READ | Ind Vs SA 2nd Test, Day 1: Mayank Agarwal’s Century And More TakeawaysBut after her second major tournament in Australia, she has not been able to carry her form forward. She suffered an early defeat at Roland Garros and was eliminated after a first-round loss at Wimbledon. But now she is back at No 3 in the rankings and has gotten back to winning ways. She has now won 10 consecutive matches after she won Toray Pan Pacific Open and China OpenWhile Osaka has not been officially announced as a member of the Japanese 2020 Olympic team yet but looking at her title claims and the way she has fared as a player her selection seems obvious. Japan would love to see Osaka bag gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because her spirit and character make her an athlete to be proud of.ALSO, READ | Hardik Pandya Thanks Nita Ambani For Post-surgery Visit & Praise 1 year ago US OPEN 2018| Naomi Osaka’s historic victory overshadowed by Serena William on-court meltdown Last Updated: 11th October, 2019 16:58 IST Naomi Osaka To Choose Japan Nationality Over US For Tokyo Olympics Naomi Osaka has chosen Japanese citizenship over the US as she hopes to represent the Asian nation at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Read more about the tennis star LIVE TVlast_img read more

first_imgEngland 2 Wales 1Germany 0 Poland 0Lens, France | AFP |England beat Wales 2-1 in their second Euro 2016 Group B game in Lens on Thursday. Here AFP Sports looks at five things we learnt from the match.Sturridge, Vardy should be startingEngland did not entirely convince in a 4-3-3 formation against Russia in their opening game in Marseille, but manager Roy Hodgson opted against making any changes at kick-off in Lens, whether tactical or in terms of personnel. Again Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling started either side of Harry Kane up front but Sterling missed a great early chance to put England in front and Gareth Bale showed him how it should be done.Hodgson swallowed his pride and acted quickly to change things around at the break with the introductions of Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge in place of Kane and Sterling. Within 10 minutes those changes had paid off as Sturridge helped set up the equaliser for Vardy. England switched back to a front three for the closing stages after Marcus Rashford came on, but Sturridge came up with the last-gasp winner. Sturridge and Vardy have surely earned starting berths now for the final group game against Slovakia. **********Football: England super-sub Vardy hoping for starting berthEngland striker Jamie Vardy hopes he has done enough to win a starting role after coming off the bench to score as Roy Hodgson’s men beat Wales 2-1 on Thursday.Hero of Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League triumph, Vardy was an unused substitute in England’s opening 1-1 draw against Russia, but made his mark to equalise after Gareth Bale gave Wales a 1-0 lead before Daniel Sturridge scored a stoppage-time winner.“I think everyone wants to be a part and play in the starting line up,” Vardy told the BBC.“It is a team game, there are 23 of us, so to come off the bench you want to make an impact and thankfully I did that today.”Vardy is hoping to start when England face Slovakia on Monday in their final Group B game.“Hopefully we will get another win to top the group. I will be trying my hardest in training, so we will find out (if I start) in the next game.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 What a few months it has been for Manchester United’s teenage striker Marcus Rashford. And after the new contract at Old Trafford and the call-up to the England squad for the Euros, on Thursday he claimed a new record. His second-half introduction in place of Adam Lallana allowed him, at 18 years and 228 days, to become England’s youngest ever player at a major tournament, beating Wayne Rooney’s previous mark set at Euro 2004.Brych likes to let game flow“Don’t be surprised if someone sees red,” warned England’s former World Cup referee Graham Poll in a column in the Daily Mail newspaper ahead of the game. But the German official was anything but card-happy as he opted to let the match flow. That created moments of controversy, as England had two penalty appeals waved away in the first half. First there was a Ben Davies push in the back of Dele Alli, and then a blatant handball by the same Wales player in the six-yard box as he grappled with Harry Kane. Had England not come from behind to claim the win they may have looked back at those calls with greater regret.England ‘keepers still don’t like major tournamentsJoe Hart may be the most relieved of all the England players at the final result. Daniel Sturridge’s winner means he will take the headlines rather than the Manchester City goalkeeper. Hart was undone by Gareth Bale’s free-kick that put Wales in front. It was a great strike by Bale but Hart could only help it on its way in. On Twitter, former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, a European Championship winner with Denmark back in 1992, led the criticism of Hart. “Re Bale goal look at the wall,” he wrote. “That’s the biggest mistake by Hart, dont put one up. If he doesn’t he can start in the MIDDLE of the goal. So even if the ball is all over the place he can move quicker. Also the wall becomes a target only 10y (yards) away, gives better aim for Bale.” It was no David Seaman in 2002 or Robert Green in 2010, but it was a moment to forget for Hart all the same.center_img Bale confirms he’s the best of BritishGareth Bale made headlines off the field in the build-up to the game, irking the England camp by claiming none of their players would get in the Wales team. If England refused to be drawn into a war of words, few would doubt that Real Madrid star Bale is currently the leading British player. He was disappointingly quiet for much of Thursday’s game but his free-kick from fully 35 yards that put Wales in front shortly before half-time was a brilliant strike. His 21st goal for his country, it came at the same end of the same ground where David Beckham dispatched a stunning free-kick as England beat Colombia 2-0 at the 1998 World Cup.Rashford star keeps on risinglast_img read more