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Naomi Osaka wears mask with Ahmaud Arbery's name at US Open and continues to win

September 4, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

After wearing masks with the names of Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain in rounds at the US Open, Naomi Osaka bore the name of Ahmaud Arbery on her mask Friday, downing Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 in New York.

(CNN)After wearing masks with the names of Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain in rounds at the US Open, Naomi Osaka bore the name of Ahmaud Arbery on her mask Friday, downing Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 in New York.

Osaka -- who represents Japan but has lived in the US most of her life -- joined protests in Minneapolis in the days after George Floyd's death in May. Floyd was pinned down by police, with one officer keeping his knee on the 46-year-old's neck for more than eight minutes, according to the probable cause statement.

Osaka has vowed to wear a mask with a different name on it for as long as she remains in the US Open.

Yeah, I'm just happy to be a part of that list," he added referring to fellow Black players Sloane Stephens, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Osaka's tussle against her 137th-ranked Ukrainian opponent got complicated after the 22-year-old missed plenty of chances to blow the encounter open.

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