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Naomi Osaka confirms participation in Sydney International

ANI  |  Sydney [Australia] 

champion Osaka has confirmed her participation in the upcoming International tournament beginning January 6.

The 20-year-old will be joining the likes of champion and world number one in a week-long tournament. Osaka said that she is looking forward to play in front of the crowd for the very first time.

"I've seen photos of Sydney, it looks like an amazing city to visit and I've heard great things about the tournament from other players who have played there. I'm looking forward to playing in front of the fans for the first time, and hopefully getting plenty of court time in at Sydney Olympic Park in the lead-in to the Australian Open," official website of Sydney International quoted Osaka, as saying.

also welcomed the participation of the Japanese saying that she is one of the most exciting players to play in the event.

"is the talk of the world after her powerful and poised performance at the She is one of the most exciting players - and intriguing personalities - competing right now, and we are delighted that Sydney fans will have the opportunity to enjoy her thrilling brand of firsthand here at Olympic Park," Robertson said.

"After her breakthrough in New York, big things are being predicted for Naomi, and we look forward to seeing her continue to fulfill her enormous potential here at the Sydney International," he added.

Osaka had stunned American ace in the final of to win her first Grand Slam of the career. The match, however, was marred with controversy as the American had lost her cool after umpire Ramos handed over three code violations against her for allegedly receiving on-court coaching.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 14:40 IST