Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova to claim 2019 Australian Open women’s final

Japan reacts during the presentation of the winners trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the womens singles final at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne Australia Jan. 26 2019

Japan reacts during the presentation of the winners trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the womens singles final at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne Australia Jan. 26 2019

Osaka is the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years. Within a span of 10 months, She earned two Grand Slam titles, Indian Wells title and huge love from all over the world. And the stunning way in which she has come to wear the crown has captured the attention of the world.

Osaka's second consecutive major title, following her success at the U.S. Open past year, helped her rise three spots. Image source " I called my mum after I did all the press".

"I think I improved my serve a lot", she said.

"Right now, I don't really want to do anything, I want to sleep and just spend time with people I love", Osaka said at a news conference in a suburb of Melbourne on January 27, one day after her hard-fought victory over Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open women's finals. In addition to beating her opponent with her characteristic powerful serve, Osaka won rallies with her tenacity.

Osaka has proven over the past 12 months that she is a fast-learner and that trait was put to the test this Australian summer. By winning the Australian Open yesterday, she has declared and proved herself a superstar.

The British newspaper The Guardian lauded Osaka, concluding she is a fascinating player, as a youngster with a double cultural background whose post-match comments are very witty.

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"I read notes before this but I still forgot what I was meant to say". She made $2.95 million for winning in Melbourne taking her career earnings past $10 million.

"In tennis terms, I guess there is a vacant slot for the world's most valuable female tennis player", Chadwick added. She somehow always seemed to find the sweet spot on the racquet, which helped her outhit players much bigger and stronger than her.

"I just thought that I don't really like having this feeling - like after my Tsurenko match, I just had like this dark cloud over me", confessed Osaka. But she was good enough off the ground to make up for that deficiency, and managed to remain steady long enough to win two Grand Slams.

She addressed that in the podcast, suggesting it felt like she playing herself in "a computer game". She had a disarmingly wide smile, and her one-liners dripping with self-deprecating humor never failed to leave her audience in splits. Talking is not one of her talents, Osaka said.

Though Osaka is a two-time Grand Slam champion, she has only ever reached the third round of Wimbledon and the French Open.

On Monday's WTA ranking list, there is a new name standing at the throne, with the 21-year-old Naomi Osaka moving ahead of all the rivals to become the first Asian no. 1! Dubai Duty Free promises to be one of the strongest tournaments of the season outside Grand Slams, gathering nearly all the players from the top-30 and representing a real test for the newly-crowned queen of the women's tennis.

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