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Tennis star Naomi Osaka finds new voice in anti-racism protests

Rise to stardom propels Japanese-American player to action on social justice

Naomi Osaka will play in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open on Friday, after reversing her earlier decision to boycott.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- "I never would have imagined writing this two years ago," two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka wrote in a powerful Esquire essay in July, explaining her decision to speak out against "systemic racism and police brutality."

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