Naomi Osaka a Barbie girl, in a tennis world

first_img Next Naomi Osaka a Barbie girl, in a tennis worldNaomi Osaka said seeing herself in doll form was also a reminder of how much her life has changed since she won the BNP Paribas Open a year ago to kick off her incredible run.advertisement Reuters Indian WellsMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 10:30 IST Naomi Osaka said the newly unveiled Barbie in her likeness was a big honour (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka said she played with the famous Mattel dolls as a child and was proud to be part of the company’s 60th anniversary campaignOsaka said seeing herself in doll form was also a reminder of how much her life has changed since she won the BNP Paribas Open a year agoOsaka’s meteoritic rise over the past year has included two Grand Slam titles and the world No.1 rankingNaomi Osaka, whose meteoritic rise to the top of the tennis world over the past year has included two Grand Slam titles and the world number one ranking, on Thursday said the newly unveiled Barbie in her likeness was another big honour.The 21-year-old told reporters she played with the famous Mattel dolls as a child and was proud to be part of the company’s 60th anniversary campaign, which includes a more racially diverse set of figurines.”Having that chance to represent people that might not think that they could be represented, that’s a really important goal of mine,” said Osaka, who is the daughter of a Haitian father and a Japanese mother.Osaka said seeing herself in doll form was also a reminder of how much her life has changed since she won the BNP Paribas Open a year ago to kick off her incredible run.”It’s a little bit surreal because last year nothing like that would have come my way but this year I have opportunities like that,” said Osaka, who represents Japan but grew up in the U.S.The top-seeded Osaka, who has posted a picture of the doll on her Twitter feed, will begin her title defense on Saturday when she faces Kristina Mladenovic of France.Honored to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls @Barbie #Barbie60 #YouCanBeAnything #barbie pic.twitter.com/5LBZMsNXqJ NaomiOsaka (@Naomi_Osaka_) March 7, 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Naomi Osakalast_img read more

JVP warns of massive strike

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today warned that a massive island-wide strike will be launched by trade unions at all state institutions on May 21 if the government fails to completely withdraw the new electricity tariffs.JVP member and trade unionist K.D. Lalkantha said that the government has time till May 20 to cancel the new tariffs. He said that trade unions will not accept concessions or amendments to the electricity tariff structure but instead want it completely removed. He warned that if the government fails to meet the deadline then trade unions in all state sectors including the estate workers will go on strike.President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced today that electricity tariffs will not be increased for consumers who use less that 60 units per month. He also said that concessions will be given to consumers who use less that 180 units of electricity a month.The President made the announcement at the UPFA May Day rally held in Colombo this evening.The Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) had last month approved the new electricity tariff. (Colombo Gazette) Lalkantha was speaking at the JVP May Day rally held in Colombo today. read more