She also paid tribute to her beaten opponent Kvitova, who has won plaudits for battling back from a career-threatening knife attack two years ago to very almost clinch what would have been a third Grand Slam title. I want her to win on grass...
To everyone who just hummed the rest of the song, yes, that is from the Pokémon theme song.
Referencing that horrendous incident in the post-match presentation inside Rod Laver Arena, Osaka addressed her opponent and said: "Huge congrats to you, Petra". The next global superstar has arrived.
While Osaka will become the new women's number one, replacing Romanian Simona Halep, when the world rankings are released on Monday, Kvitova will be a spot behind.
Petra Kvitova was proud of her second-set fightback against Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final on Saturday but was left ruing her inability to convert her chances in her loss to the Japanese.
Saturday's final saw the best and worst of Osaka's game. For Osaka, the victory made her the new No. 1 in the world, and the first Japanese player to ever rise to No. 1. But Kvitova played terrifically there, while Osaka began to get jittery.
She broke Kvitova in the third game of the final set and converted her fifth matchpoint to end a superb final in two hours and 27 minutes, receiving the acclaim of the crowd in stark contrast to her last Grand Slam success.
She edged Czech tennis player Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4.
Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion of 2011 and 2014, had been looking to secure a fairytale win, just over two years on from sustaining career-threatening injuries to her left hand in a knife attack at her home.
Osaka managed to stop the rot, though, making it 1-1 in the third set as her coach Sascha Bajin leapt to his feet and shouted encouragement.
The 21-year-old started her victory speech by apologizing for not being a strong "public speaker", then stopped halfway through to put the trophy down.
Nerves took hold as Osaka conceded a break to make it 5-5, smashing a ball into the ground and putting her hands over her ears. She yelled at herself.
"I've always dreamt of being in this position and I am honoured to be part of the elite group of players who have reached the No.1 ranking".
The 2019 Australian Open women's singles final was simply epic.
It happened to Naomi Osaka herself in the third round of the 2016 U.S. Open, when she went up 5-1 and lost five straight games and the match to Madison Keys.
If the Los Angeles Lakers want a successor to LeBron James it might be wise to acquire a player that dominates the way Davis does. Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay had 25 points, seven rebounds and two assists in New York's 101-100 loss to the Washington Wizards.
The team promoted assistant offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett after Mike Munchak took a job with the Denver Broncos . The bigger overarching concern for the Steelers is that this does not appear to be a situation that is dying down.
She submitted a video of herself singing two songs from the musical, " Tonight " and " Me Siento Hermosa " (" I Feel Pretty "). Steven Spielberg has cast an unknown high school student in the lead role of his upcoming West Side Story remake .
They traveled to New York City and stayed in high-end hotels, eventually maxing out the older sister's credit card. The New York medical examiner said on Tuesday that the sisters had committed suicide .
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The state also moved up its primary into the first month, and anyone who wins this state will be very far along to the nomination. Her campaign is highlighting that career, citing her experience on issues like sexual assault, housing and college affordability.
Consumers have no such option-you'll pay US$139 to download Windows 10 Home, or a bit less if you opt for a system-builder option. Microsoft's planned Cortana skill for competing assistants would bring these capabilities to users' existing smart speakers .
In his testimony, Barr said he has known Mueller professionally for 30 years and has confidence in his abilities. Trump has spent months attacking Mueller as "highly conflicted" and unable to carry out the probe.
The boy was found in a wooded location provided in a tip from a citizen as the search widened in area, authorities said. The 3-year-old went missing on Tuesday while playing in the garden of his grandmother's house in Ernul, NC.
Without Oladipo, the Pacers will be losing their leading scorer, a great on-ball defender, and the leader of their team. The Indiana Pacers have confirmed that All-Star Victor Oladipo is out for the rest of the season.
UK PM’s office says MP Brexit moves ‘extremely concerning’
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Juventus beats Milan to win Italian Super Cup in Jeddah
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Vietnam 'willing' to host Trump-Kim summit
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