Congratulations! Naomi Osaka Wins 2019 Australian Open
Naomi Osaka’s star is continuing to rise. The 21-year-old tennis starlet has just won her second Grand Slam title after defeating Petra Kvitova at the 2019 Australian Open, NPR reports.
This match was no easy win, as Osaka was visibly frustrated during the game after losing the second set.
“I felt like I didn’t want to have any regrets,” she told the The Guardian. “I think if I didn’t regroup after the second set, then I would have looked back on this match and probably cried or something.”
Thanks to this victory, Osaka has snagged the no. 1 spot in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings. She was previously at no. 72. Osaka is now the first Japanese woman and the first Asian woman to ever land in the no. 1 spot. She’s also the youngest player to reach the top spot since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010.
Osaka won her first Grand Slam title against her idol Serena Williams in an intense match during the U.S Open last year. Williams argued with the referee when she felt she was unfairly given penalized during their match. Points were also taken off when she broke her racket out of frustration. When Osaka won the match, the controversy overshadowed her win, something she didn’t have to worry about this time around.
Once she came out victorious, she couldn’t be happier.
“Words can’t describe this feeling,” Osaka captioned under a snapshot of her kissing her trophy on Instagram.