Naomi Osaka Wins Australian Open, Becomes World’s No. 1

Naomi Osaka Wins Australian Open, Becomes World's No. 1
WASHINGTON – JULY 31: Naomi Osaka (JPN) defeats Bernarda Pera (USA) at the Citi Open tennis tournament on July 31, 2018 in Washington DC - Shutterstock

Japan’s Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open, becoming the world’s No. 1 female-ranked tennis player, according to BuzzFeed News.

The Haitian-Japanese star defeated Czech player Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday in Melbourne.

“Thank you, everyone,” Osaka said following her match. “I am really honored to have played in this final.”

The victory earned Osaka her second grand slam championship. In September, she defeated Serena Williams in a controversial match.

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“Definitely she is a great one,” said Kvitova, who’s a two-time grand slam champion herseld.

She is the first player from Japan to hold the No. 1 ranking, writes Quartz.

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