Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka rebounds from meltdown to beat Petra Kvitova

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In securing victory in Melbourne after her stunning win over Serena Williams in the US Open previous year, Osaka also clinched the world number-one spot, the first Asian to do so.

The 21-year-old Osaka became the youngest women's world number one since Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who was 20 when she topped the rankings in 2010.

Osaka held three match points in the second set at 5-3, love-40 as Kvitova served. She allowed Kvitova to come back and win 23 of 27 points to take that set and go up 1-0 in the third.

Still, Osaka had a chance to serve for the match, but she passed that up too, double faulting to hand Kvitova two break points and she duly obliged.

This was her first major title match since she won her second Wimbledon championship in 2014.

Kvitova and Osaka have never played each other.

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A lot was on the line in the Australian Open final for Noami Osaka, but she managed to outhit Petra Kvitova, 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4.

On that hot September night, Osaka disappeared into her own trophy celebration as a chorus of boos drowned out any cheers directed her way.

Moments after winning what will be remembered as one of the greatest slugfests in Grand Slam history, Naomi Osaka stood at center court, shoulder-to-shoulder with Australian Open runner-up Petra Kvitova, and allowed the slightest satisfied smile to slowly lift her cheeks. Since the 2017 Australian Open until Saturday, the last eight Grand Slams had been won by eight different women. "I don't think I played something really badly, but I just think I should maybe have gone a little bit more aggressive on one or two rallies".

But there was this, which was no small thing: Kvitova, who will now be ranked No. 2, proved to herself that she can be the player she used to be, and can contend for Grand Slam championships.

"I read notes before this, but I still forgot what I was supposed to say!" she then said to laughter from the crowd.

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"It's insane. I can hardly believe that I just played in a Grand Slam final again".

"Hello. Sorry, public speaking isn't really my strong side, so I just hope I can get through this."
After that display of power tennis, a simple, chipper "hello" would need to suffice for the millions of fans watching worldwide.

But Osaka steadied herself after a trip to the locker room before the third set. Osaka, meanwhile, entered the day having won 59 matches anywhere after going up by a set.

All that really matters, of course, is that Osaka righted herself in time to win.

But that is when Osaka began to crank through the gears and dropped just two points as she took the first set.

Ram and Krejcikova built on their dominance to race through the second set in just 24 minutes. Masako Takeda said at the bar as she wiped away tears of joy.

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