26th of January 2019. Australian Open. Venue: Melbourne Park. Dates 14-26th of January. Written by Wayne Jackson of WTByWayne.

Naomi Osaka wins the 2019 Australian Open

Japan’s Naomi Osaka beat Czech Petra Kvitova in a thrilling Australian Open final to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles and will become the new world No.1 on Monday when the rankings are released.

Naomi, 21, had slight tears after missing three championship points in the second set but regrouped to win the match 7-6 5-7 6-4. Kvitova was aiming for her first major title since being stabbed in a knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic.

Osaka was all smiles during the trophy presentation.

The Rod Laver arena then fell silent as Naomi started to give her victory speech at the packed 15,000 seater capacity stadium saying

“Erm, hello. Sorry, public speaking isn’t my strong point so I hope I can get through this. I read notes before this but I still forgot what I was meant to say. Thank you everyone, I am really honoured to have played in this final". 

Naomi also praised Kvitova on her career comeback. And also said "I wouldn't of wanted this to be our first match, but huge congratulations to you and your team. You are amazing and I am honoured to have played you in a Grand Slam final".

Petra gave an emotional speech with tears as she said "She didn't even think she would be able to hold a racket again".

She congratulated Naomi on her victory and also becoming world No.1.

Facts

  • The match lasted two hours and 27 minutes
  • Li Na presented the Daphne Akhurst trophy to Naomi
  • Naomi is the first player to hold back-to-back Grand Slam titles since Jennifer Capriati in 2001
  • Naomi, who replaces Simona Halep at the top of the rankings after the Romanians 48 week stint, becomes the first Asian player to become number one 
  • Naomi is also the youngest player to hold top spot since Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, then aged 20, took the ranking in 2010
The 2019 Australian Open Champion.
 

Updated on the 27th of January 2019 - 

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