Osaka Wins Australian Open, Set to Be World No. 1

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Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)--Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova to become the first player from Japan to win the Australian Open singles title on Saturday.

Having won her second consecutive grand slam victory, Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, is now set to be the new world No. 1, an achievement that has never been made by any Asian player to date. The ranking will be announced on Monday.

The successive grand slam title gain was the first since four victories in a row through 2015 Wimbledon by Serena Williams of the United States, who was beaten by Osaka in the U.S. Open final.

In the final match at Melbourne Park, fourth-ranked Osaka, 21, defeated sixth-ranked Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon winner from the Czech Republic, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4. Kvitova would have grabbed the top slot in world rankings if she won the Australian Open.

After the match, Osaka said she had always wanted to have a game with Kvitova and had a good one.

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