It was not easy in any way: she was pushed to three sets in four of her seven matches, including a 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Petra Kvitova in the final, but Naomi Osaka survived all to win the Australian Open 2019. Here is everything the Japanese star achieved in Australia this year:
She won the second Grand Slam title of her career.. Osaka defeated childhood idol Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 US Open, becoming the first Japanese player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam title. And now she has won her second Grand Slam title right after the first one.
She is now number 1 in the world.. Eleven women entered the Australian Open with an opportunity in the No. 1 ranking, but by winning the title it was Osaka who badured him, jumping from No. 4 to first place.
She is the first Asian player, male or female, to reach number 1 in singles.. The Japanese players with the highest position in the previous ranking were Kimiko Date (who reached number 4 in the WTA ranking) and Kei Nishikori (who reached number 4 in the ATP ranking), and the Asian player with the highest position in the previous ranking was Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion like Osaka (who reached number 2 in the WTA ranking).
Li was really present at the presentation of the trophy and gave Osaka his trophy.
"I did not expect to see her there," Osaka said. "At the beginning I was very surprised, I wanted to cry a little, but I did not want to cry on this podium, I was very excited, I felt really honored to be given this trophy."
She is the first woman to win her first two Grand Slam titles in consecutive Grand Slams since 2001. The last woman to win her first Grand Slam title and then win her second in the next Grand Slam was Jennifer Capriati (who won her first two at the Australian Open and French Open in 2001).
"I only concentrate on tennis, when I play my game, everything else is no longer in my mind," Osaka said when asked about the backup of his first Grand Slam title so soon. "For me, the Grand Slams are something you dream of playing as a child, and I do not want to miss this opportunity."
She exceeded $ 10 million in prizes in her career.. The 21-year-old, who is the first Japanese woman in tennis history to spend $ 10 million in prizes in her career, already has $ 10,733,311.
She is now 28-1 in Grand Slams after winning the first set. Osaka's only loss of a set in a Grand Slam was against Simona Halep in the third round of the 2016 French Open, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
She has now won 60 straight games after winning the first set. Osaka has not lost a game after winning the first set since 2016. She lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals of a small hardcourt tournament in Tianjin, China, in a third set tiebreaker, 2-6. 6-4, 7-6 (3).
She is now on a winning streak of 14 Grand Slam matches. Seven to win the US Open and seven to win the Australian Open, can you keep the streak at Roland Garros this year?
This week on Tennis Channel Plus:
WTA Saint Petersburg: Starting Monday, January 28 at 5 a.m. Eastern time, see the live coverage of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy Trophy with the Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova.
WTA Hua Hin: Top seed Garbine Muguruza leads the field from Hua Hin. See every game of the Thailand Open, which starts on Monday, January 28 at 3 a.m. ET.