Naomi Oska beats Petra Kvitova to win Australian open, become first Asian world No. 1

Naomi Oska beats Petra Kvitova to win Australian open, become first Asian world No. 1

Tennis sensation Noami Osaka, who has managed to establish herself as a dominant force, now has become world number one after defeating Petra Kvitova to win her first Australian Open.

The Japanese now has two successive grand slam titles having won the US Open earlier, following the dramatic victory against Kvitova.

Naomi Osaka becomes first Asian world No. 1, beats Petra Kvitova to win maiden Australian Open
Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a shot during a practice session ahead of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 11, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia

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According to Metro (UK), Osaka is the first Asian player — man or woman — to become world number one and is also the youngest player to top the ranking since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010.

The 21-year-old also becomes the first player since Jennifer Capriati to win the next Grand Slam after her maiden major.

While her victory against former world number 1 Serena Williams in New York, was riddled with controversy, this time round the drama was shrouded in the scoreboard.

Osaka edged the Czech 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-4 after two hours and 28 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena.

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Speaking after her emphatic win that crowned her the undisputed queen of tennis, the humble Australian champion said she had always wanted to play Kvitova and congratulated the Czech.

Public Speaking isn't really my strong side so I just hope I can get through this," she said.
"Huge congrats to you Petra, I have Always wanted to play you. I wouldn't have wanted this to be our first match but I am hugely honoured to have played you. Thank you everyone and I am really honoured to have played in this final," Osaka said. previously reported that Australian Open quarter-finalist Serena Williams was left feeling embarrassed as she accidentally walked out of court ahead of her opponent Simona Halep.

The duo were about to start their fourth round tie as Serena accidentally walked out on court ahead of Halep when the court announcer presented the 'world No 1'.


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