The Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka has won the Australian Open in the wake of beating Czech Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4 in a dramatic final.
The new world number one is the first Asian man or woman to top the singles rankings as Melbourne Park erupted in thunderous cheers, it was a cathartic moment for 21-year-old Osaka, whose breakthrough Grand Slam win at Flushing Meadows was marred by boos in the wake of losing finalist Serena Williams’ tirade at the umpire.
The 21-year-old said after collecting the trophy,“I felt like I was in a state of shock through the entire trophy presentation,” .
“Honestly, when I was playing and I heard the crowd was for both of us I was very happy but at the same time I was trying to focus on the match.”
Just last September, Osaka was decreased to tears when the crowd booed her after a dubious US Open last in which Serena Williams lost her cool. The hard-battled triumph made Osaka the principal Asian, male or female, to hold the world’s best positioning, assuming control from Romania’s Simona Halep.
Osaka is the youngest woman to win back-to-back majors since Martina Hingis in 1998 and the youngest number one since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010.