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Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova in thriller, becomes world number 1

AFP
Published Jan 26, 2019, 5:08 pm IST
Updated Jan 26, 2019, 5:21 pm IST
Naomi Osaka battled past Petra Kvitova to win her first Australian Open crown and become the new world number one.
Naomi Osaka holds her trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova during the women's singles final at the Australian Open. (Photo: AP)
 Naomi Osaka holds her trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova during the women's singles final at the Australian Open. (Photo: AP)

Melbourne: Japan's Naomi Osaka battled past Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 to win her first Australian Open crown Saturday and become the new world number one.

The fourth seed and US Open champion made it two Grand Slam titles in a row after a see-sawing 2hr 27min match.

 

The hard-fought victory made Osaka the first Asian, male or female, to hold the world's top ranking, taking over from Romania's Simona Halep.

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