Naomi Osaka to Sit Out Western +ACY-amp+ADs Southern Open Semifinals in Protest

+ADw-p class+AD0AIg-subtitle+ACIAPg-Osaka on her decision: +ACI-If I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction.+ACIAPA-/p+AD4APAAh— tml-version+AD0AIg-2+ACI –+AD4APA-p+AD4-Naomi Osaka, two-time Grand Slam winner and currently ranked as the world’s No. 10 women’s tennis player, announced via Twitter Wednesday that she will sit out the Western +ACY-amp+ADs Souther Open semifinals as part of a protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-div+AD4APA-blockquote class+AD0AIg-twitter-tweet+ACIAPgA8-a href+AD0AIg- don+IBk-t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing,+ACI Osaka wrote. +ACI-But if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction.+ACY-nbsp+ADsAPA-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4AIg-Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach. I+IBk-m exhausted of having a new hashtag pop up every few days and I+IBk-m extremely tired of having this same conversation over and over again. When will it ever be enough?+IB0APA-/p+AD4APA-figure+AD4APA-img src+AD0AIg- height+AD0AIg-349+ACI width+AD0AIg-620+ACIAPgA8-/figure+AD4APA-p+AD4-Osaka defeated Anett Kontaveit in three sets in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday. She was scheduled to face Elise Mertens in Thursday’s semifinal match.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Osaka won her first Grand Slam at the 2018 U.S. Open, defeating Serena Williams in the final in straight sets, becoming the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. She won the 2019 Australian Open by knocking off Petra Kvitova in three sets.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Osaka’s decision comes after players from the Milwaukee Bucks +ADw-a href+AD0AIg- not to take the floor+ADw-/a+AD4 for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. That caused the NBA to postpone the remaining two playoff games for the day.+ACY-nbsp+ADsAPA-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Three MLB games +ADw-a href+AD0AIg- also postponed+ADw-/a+AD4 after players decided not to play. WNBA players chose to +ADw-a href+AD0AIg- out games+ADw-/a+AD4 Wednesday night, as did +ADw-a href+AD0AIg- from MLS+ADw-/a+AD4.+ADw-/p+AD4-

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