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Osaka returning to tourney action


Naomi Osaka committed next month’s WTA tournament in San Jose, California, her first appearance since a first-round loss at the French Open on May 23. The four-time Grand Slam winner accepted a wild-card entry into the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Monday. Osaka, 24, withdrew from Wimbledon due to a nagging injury to her left Achilles. The tournament begins on Aug. 1. Osaka joins a field that includes Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, World No. 5 and Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur and American teenager Coco Gauff. Osaka made her WTA maindraw debut at the event, held at Stanford University, in 2014 at age 16 and advanced to her first main draw. In a statement posted by the WTA, tournament director Vickie Gunnarsson said: “We are very excited to have Naomi Osaka returning to the Bay Area. She made her WTA debut at our event and watching her grow both on and off the court has been amazing. She is not only an incredible player but her commitment to equality and social change is truly inspiring.”

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