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Naomi Osaka of Team Japan plays a forehand during her Women's Singles First Round match against Saisai Zheng of Team China on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Naomi Osaka's Tokyo Olympic Games are off to a winning start, after Japan's tennis superstar beat China's Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in the first round Sunday.

Why it matters: It's the women's world No. 2's first match back after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon Grand Slam tournaments for a mental health break — triggering global conversations about mental health in sports.

  • It's also Osaka's first Olympics.

What she's saying: "The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid so I feel like the break that I took was very needed," Osaka told reporters after her win.

  • "I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and I’m happy again."

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Why it matters: The firms that confront mental health are poised to win the war for talent.

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Coty Cosmetics CEO Sue Nabi tells Axios the beauty giant will “probably” introduce Coty-branded products one day.

Why it matters: Coty produces some of the world’s most popular fragrances, skin care products and color cosmetics on behalf of other well-known brands, but has shied away from producing its own branded products.

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Why it matters: The deal, which must still be approved by a judge, comes amid a broader discussion of racial inequities in health care.