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Osaka wins AO title, takes No.1 ranking

Osaka wins AO title, takes No.1 ranking”

Overcome, overwhelmed and finally over every obstacle.

Her backhand returns neutralized her Czech opponent's feared lefty serve out wide. Osaka will play Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the women's final. Maybe the next tournament I play, if I see No.1 next to my name, I'll feel something. This was not the US Open and unkind boos, this was Melbourne and love at first forehand.

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"I read notes before this, but I still forgot what I was supposed to say!" she then said to laughter from the crowd.

After watching Naomi Osaka do exactly that at the Australian Open, The Tennis Podcast team are convinced that they are looking at an era-defining tennis superstar. In tears at the end of the second set, she said she was able to recover her composure quickly because she can "disassociate" her feelings.

After winning, her face remained blank, as if still a match mask.

Osaka, who the Japanese public may perceive as being free-spirited, is at her core a perfectionist, and followed through with the tough training program that Sillah put her on. She grinned: "Did you not see my tears?"

Even with the Daphne Akhust Trophy in sitting next to her, the superstar champion reduced herself to a exhausted, young woman. There is an old word to describe this young woman.

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Kvitova said the pain of losing was secondary to the pride she felt at being back on the biggest stage. But I already won two years ago.

Your future is so bright, and your talent, drive, and determination will take you far.

"My daughter is also half Japanese", said Hitoshi Watanabe, as he bought a celebratory round of drinks at the Hakuba bar. Hopefully this gives her the motivation to do something the same.

Osaka has a Japanese mother, a Haitian father and was raised in the United States.

"I'm so proud of the birth of the new world queen", tweeted Abe.

Naomi Osaka is Generation Z's champion.

"To be playing against one of the best players in the world, to lose a set, suddenly think that I'm so much better than her, that that isn't a possibility". Congratulations Champ. And @Petra_Kvitova - you are the champion of life! If Generation Z truly is the age of the Instagram influencer and the personal brand, Osaka is the Chosen One.

Osaka spoke of a tournament where she had found the ability to win on "will power alone", a quality regularly attributed to Williams throughout her career of 23 Grand Slam titles. The number that glittered was No. 1.

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In one year, Osaka has risen from No. 72 in the world to No. 1.

Asian women have been sweeping aside self-doubt for years on sporting fields. Three championship points? Gone. In many cases, such a situation could have sent a player into a freefall, especially a player as young as Osaka.

Kvitova had chances to break but Osaka would not yield.

Osaka, 21, added the Australian Open title to her US Open title with a hard-fought, three-set win over gutsy Czech Petrova in a game that enthralled fans under the lights in Melbourne. Above the sky turned orange, below was forged red-hot tennis.

With Kvitova down 0-40 at 3-5, and Osaka staring at three championship points, her coronation looked assured. Like, I felt like the match wasn't completely done, but it was done, you know?

With this win, Osaka is no longer The Girl Who Beat Serena in That Crazy US Open Final.

Osaka is also following in Williams' footsteps, becoming the first woman to win back-to-back majors since the 37-year-old tennis star won the U.S. Open in 2014 and the 2015 Australian Open, Sporting News reported. It is worked for, it is talent, it is convincing, it is astonishing. In that four-year gap, Kvitova has battled mononucleosis and a home invasion that led to a knife attack which injured tendons and nerves in her left hand. Not boastful but not given to false humility.

She was asked Friday if she could sense that the crowd knew her story and was behind her.

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But she fell victim to Osaka's fearless stand-and-deliver groundstrokes in a big-hitting and compelling final.



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