With her victory over the Czech Petra Kvitova, the 21-year-old made a novelty. She won the second Grand Slam title of her career and now moves up to number one in the tennis world rankings.
There was a lot going on for Naomi Osaka in Melbourne: the first Australian Open title, the number one tennis world ranking and, of course, a lot of money. Converted to nearly 2.6 million euros, the daughter of a Haitian and a Japanese woman living in the US can now take home after her victory over Petra Kvitova.
The exciting game was the first match of the two against each other. Both also stood for the first time in the final of the Australian Open. And Naomi Osaka is the first Japanese woman to win the title here. After not being able to use three match balls in the second set, she won the dramatic third set and won 7: 6, 5: 7 and 6: 4.
From fourth place to first place in the world rankings
Kvitova had resisted the defeat for much of the match and had chances for her third Grand Slam title after Wimbledon’s successes in 2011 and 2014. But Osaka started to change her fifth match point after 2:27 hours.
Petra Kvitova missed the chance to win her third Grand Slam title in Melbourne
Even the way to the final in Melbourne was no easier for the 21-year-old. Overall, she had to go three times over three sets. Osaka had to fight against Hsieh Su-Wei, especially in the third round, when they threatened a 2: 5 deficit in the second round after lost first set.
Her first Grand Slam title was won by the Japanese at last year’s US Open when she defeated Serena Williams in a turbulent final in New York. Since then she belonged for the first time to the top ten of the world rankings. With her win at the Australian Open, she managed to jump from fourth to first place.
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In 2016, Osaka was the first time qualifying for a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open. There she was drawn straight into the third round. At the US Open 2017 Osaka had thrown out in the first round defending champion Angelique Kerber from the tournament.