Naomi Osaka has won the Australian Open. In the final of the ladies, the Japanese 7:6, 5:7, 6:4 won against the Czech Petra Kvitova, who had delivered up to the endgame. The victory not celebrated only the second Grand Slam Triumph of her career, she conquered also the first place in the world rankings.

in the second set, the 21 would have been able to make-Year-old the victory, but when the score was 5:3 and serve, Kvitova, she gave the same three match balls in a row before the seven years older, a Czech girl forced to sets of offset and a third passage.


The good serve of both players was dominated by the high-class first-rate. Neither of the two was their Service. The subsequent Tiebreak dominated Osaka from the start, and secured by a 7:2 scores to the first set win.

Second Triumph in a row for the city of Osaka

Previously, had mainly Kvitova opportunities, your opponent’s serve, to take off. But when the score was 2:2 Osaka fought off two Break points, when the score was 3:3 three in a row. The Japanese themselves dropped in the middle of the set, there is a break opportunity, and when the score was 6:5 two set balls, before they won the Tiebreak.

What is managed in the first set, neither player was made early on in the second round on several occasions: In the first five service games, there were three Breaks. Two of them went to Osaka (one to zero), and so you are led to your own Service 4:2. But following your match points, the Japanese lost control, got no game, and Kvitova compensated for according to rates.

Petra Kvitova

In the third round, Osaka recovered quickly. She made the Break to 2:1, awarded for Kvitovas next service game but again, three break-balls in a row. Nevertheless, you are not giving up the lead this time. After 2:27 hours, she converted her fifth match ball.

Kvitova climbs to number two in the world ranking

For the success of Osaka suffered a 4.1 million Australian dollars (about 2.56 million Euro). In the world ranking, Osaka replaces the Romanian Simona Halep on court one, and is the youngest player at the top since Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, 2010, at the age of 20 years). A year ago, Osaka was still ranked 72 in the world rankings.

in September Osaka had won a victory against Serena Williams at the US Open, her first Major title. The re-final the Japanese was historically Osaka is the first player since 2001, following her first Grand Slam victory at the next Major, again in the final. Now the second win followed so directly.

Kvitova missed, however, to Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, their third Major success. After a serious injury, had you added a burglar, you are arrived at the latest the Australian Open back in the top of the world. She moves on to the second place of the WTA Rankings and receives 2.05 million Australian dollars (about 1.29 million Euro).


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