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Japanese former tennis stars team up to find the next Naomi Osaka

Top50 Club seeks to support female players, pass on know-how to next generation

Naomi Osaka was the first Japanese tennis player to be ranked No.1 in singles.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese women's tennis is drawing a lot of attention thanks to the strong performance of star player Naomi Osaka, but currently she is the only female Japanese tennis player who is ranked in the world's top 50.

In the 1990s, as many as five Japanese women were among the world's top 50 and as many as 10 competed in the four major tournaments.

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