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Naomi Osaka Emerges World No. 1 After Australian Open Win



Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka dissolved into tears after winning her first Australian Open title by defeating Petra Kvitova 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 4-6 in Saturday’s final.

Osaka overcame the Czech star in a seesaw final to win back-to-back Grand Slams and become the new world number one.

However, victory seemed to be inevitable for Osaka before Kvitova broke back for 5-5 on her way to winning 12 points in a row to lead for the first time since the start of the second set.

She regained focus to take a decisive advantage in the decider, going on to replicate American Jennifer Capriati’s achievement of winning her first two Grand Slams back to back.

The fourth seed broke for 2-1 in the decider, then served out to clinch victory in Melbourne.

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