Finally, Australian Open champ Naomi Osaka has the moment she deserved
Naomi Osaka Faces Down Petra Kvitova, and Her Own Demons, to Win in Australia. Naomi Osaka, Australian Open champion ‘has the world at her feet’.
In September, as bad blood spilled on to the Louis Armstrong Stadium Court in New York, Naomi Osaka shut out the enveloping acrimony and earned herself a maiden Grand Slam title.
The 21-year-old Japanese-Haitian had just won the Australia Open, beating a former world number one and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. The win in Melbourne was her second Grand Slam after beating Serena Williams in the US Open final a few months ago.
Second Slam Title Signals Naomi Osaka Has the Power to Rule Tennis.
Naomi Osaka had become the first woman to back up her first Grand Slam victory by winning the very next major since Jennifer Capriati did it, in 2001. No man has ever done it in the open era. Osaka had also become the No. 1 player in the world, and the first No. 1 player to represent Japan. She has an intriguing backstory and a knack for enchanting interviews. One senses that she will make her presence felt beyond the world of sports. But, for one day, at least, the drama that had everyone’s attention was a tennis story—and it was riveting.
Osaka is the youngest world number one since Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reached the top in 2010. And she is happy to outline ambitious plans for the future – albeit in her typically understated way.
“I’m going to have to play Indian Wells again. Of course, I’d love to win that again and then play Miami and hopefully win that,” she said.
“People who can win Indian Wells and Miami back to back, it’s usually the best players in the world. That would be my next goal.
“Yeah, I feel like I’m going with the flow. That’s sort of been my motto my whole life ….”
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