Tennis-Western & Southern Open to match Osaka's prize money pledge for Haiti

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  • Friday, 20 Aug 2021

FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Women's Singles - Round 3 - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 27, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during her third round match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Edgar Su

(Reuters) - The Western & Southern Financial Group, the title sponsor of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament being staged in Cincinnati, said it would match Naomi Osaka's prize money pledge for Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka said she would donate her earnings from the tournament to the impoverished nation after it was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last weekend.

The earthquake has killed at least 2,189 people and reduced tens of thousands of buildings to rubble.

"Really hurts to see all the devastation that's going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can't catch a break," Osaka, who is the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, said in a tweet on Saturday.

"I'm about to play a tournament this week and I'll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we'll keep rising."

The winner of the women's tournament, where Osaka is seeded second, will receive $255,220.

Last year, Forbes reported that Osaka was the world's highest-earning female athlete, taking in $37.4 million over a 12-month period in prize money and endorsements.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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