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Naomi Osaka wears mask in memory of Breonna Taylor at US Open

Naomi Osaka wears Breonna Taylor mask at US Open
Posted at 5:22 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 05:22:52-04

NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka wore a mask bearing the name of police shooting victim Breonna Taylor before and after a first-round victory at the U.S. Open.

Osaka says it is just one of seven face coverings she brought to Flushing Meadows, each in honor of a different person.

The world’s highest-earning female athlete hopes she can get the chance to raise awareness about racial injustice by using each mask during her stay in New York.

She overcame some uneven play late Monday night to beat 81st-ranked Misaki Doi 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in an all-Japanese matchup in an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium.