Naomi Osaka reacts during her match against Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Photo: AP

Naomi Osaka cries over coach split controversy after Dubai defeat as Asia’s first world No 1 shrinks in the spotlight

  • Japanese star loses first match since shock split from coach Sascha Bajin after Australian Open win
  • The 21-year-old says ‘I feel like people are staring at me, and not in a good way’ as pressure mounts
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Naomi Osaka reacts during her match against Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Photo: AP
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Naomi Osaka of Japan listens to Japan Tennis Association coach Masashi Yoshikawa in Dubai. Photo: Kyodo
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Nicolas Atkin

Naomi Osaka buries former coach Sascha Bajin as she breaks silence on split – and it’s no more Miss Nice Girl

  • Asia’s first world No 1 working with Japan Tennis Association coach Masashi Yoshikawa in Dubai
  • Australian Open champion says she wasn’t willing to sacrifice her happiness by keeping Sascha Bajin around

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Naomi Osaka of Japan listens to Japan Tennis Association coach Masashi Yoshikawa in Dubai. Photo: Kyodo
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