Naomi Osaka has had two consecutive Grand Slam titles along with being number 1 in the world. The 21-year-old Japanese player is gradually asserting her position in the tennis industry female world.
On January 26 at Melbourne Park, Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova created the most exciting and dramatic Grand Slam final in recent years. After more than 2 hours of playing, the Japanese player won 7-6 (2), 5-7, and 6-4 to enjoy the joy of winning at the Australian Open for the first time.
By surpassing the eighth seed Kvitova, who won the Wimbledon two times and owned 26 titles in her career, Osaka rose to number 1 in the world when the rankings were announced on January 28.
Naomi Osaka as the pride of Japanese sports
Five years ago, a 16-year-old girl who was ranked 406 in the world made a big shock by beating former 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur. Experts began to pay attention to her by her toned physique along with the service speed up to nearly 200 km/h.
However, the Japanese player began to show signs of slowing down for about 2 years. She was only around in the top 100 of the world. She did not show her talent early as Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova used to do. However, Naomi Osaka has started to make progress since her first major hit at the 2017 Australian Open.
A year later, Naomi surprised everyone when she took the throne at Indian Wells. She had an easy victory over Daria Kasatkina (Russia). On the way to the final, the 20-year-old at that time overcame Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, and world number 1 player Simona Halep.
That seemed to be the prerequisite step for the Japanese player. She made a historic mark at the US Open later that year. She overthrew idol Serena Williams to lift the championship trophy at Flushing Meadows. The female tennis player became the first Japanese player to do so at a Grand Slam.
Naomi’s victory was recognized by the whole country of Japan. Almost a month later, the 20-year-old girl returned to her hometown to participate in the Pan Pacific tournament. Although it was only runner-up, Osaka still received a special welcome from fans in Tokyo.