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Osaka wins Australian Open to become world number one

Osaka wins Australian Open to become world number one

Her second consecutive grand slam title ensures she will be the new world No 1 and on this evidence, she might stay there for some time. But Osaka couldn't close it out.

Nerves appeared to take their toll for the youngster as the more experienced Kvitova stepped in to earn two straight service breaks - all while saving a break point at 5-5 - to win five straight games and level the match.

Osaka was yelling at herself. She tugged at her pink visor's brim.

The Czech then broke again to seize momentum with her fourth straight game, claiming the set as Osaka left the court with a towel draped over her head.

Hard as it must have been, Osaka regrouped. She broke back and then went ahead for 3-2 when the wheels came off for the Czech, spraying errors in being broken to love.

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She regained her cool and came out firing in the third, backing herself and clipping a clean backhand victor after another Kvitova double fault brought up break point in the third game.

Osaka fought back from a set and 4-1 down against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei in the third round at Melbourne Park and showed her determination in winning two more three-setters to keep a 13-match victory streak in Grand Slams running.

This time, Osaka would not falter.

Last September, Osaka was reduced to tears when the crowd booed after a controversial US Open final in which Serena Williams lost her cool.


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