Naomi Osaka Wins Australian Open, Becomes World Number One
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Naomi Osaka Wins Australian Open, Becomes World Number One

Naomi Osaka Wins Australian Open, Becomes World Number One

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Japan's Naomi Osaka has ended a run of eight different grand slam winners with a three-set victory against Petra Kvitova in the finals of the Australian Open.

The 21-year-old followed up her triumph in the US Open last September against Serena Williams with another success in the first grand slam of the year to become the first Japanese to be ranked No.1 in the ATP rankings.

Osaka recovered from a dramatic second set loss to win 7-6(7-2) 5-7 6-4 victory in the Australian Open final over Kvitova.

In defeating the Czech star, Naomi became the youngest world top-ranked female tennis player since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010.

It was a keenly contested final that saw Kvitova lose a set in the past couple of weeks.

Speaking after receiving the trophy from former Australian Open champion, Li Na Osaka said:

Public speaking isn’t really my strong side so I just hope I can get through this.
Huge congrats to you, Petra. I’ve always wanted to play you. I wouldn’t have wanted this to be our first match but I’m hugely honored to have played you.
Thank you everyone and I’m really honoured to have played in this final.”
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