Cincinnati, August 15 (IANS) Top women’s tennis player Naomi Osaka of Japan on Sunday promised to donate all of the prize money from the Cincinnati Open, which begins Monday, to relief efforts for Haiti’s earthquake victims.
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook Haiti on Saturday morning, killing more than 300 people and leaving thousands homeless.
Born in Japan by a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Naomi tweeted, “It really hurts to see all the devastation going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can not take a break. I’m playing a tournament this week and I want to donate all the prize money to emergency relief efforts for Haiti. I know that the blood of our ancestors is strong, we will continue to rise (Haitian flag, red heart, symbols with folded hands). ”
The tournament, called the Western & Southern Open, is expected to award the women’s singles winner $ 2.55,220, while second place will receive $ 1,88,945, according to perfect-tennis.com.
Naomi’s last competition was the Olympics in Tokyo, where she could not advance to the medal round after losing to Marketa Vondrousova in the Czech Republic in the third round. She had also lit the Olympic pot during the opening ceremony.
World number 2 Naomi had withdrawn from the French Open in May after winning her first round match over her stand for not speaking to the media due to her mental health. The four-time Grand Slam champion had also retired from Wimbledon in June.