Australian Open Champ Naomi Osaka Becomes Asia's First No. 1 in Tennis

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Australian Open Champ Naomi Osaka Becomes Asia's First No. 1 in Tennis

"Right now, I don't really want to do anything, I want to sleep and just spend time with people I love", Osaka said at a news conference in a suburb of Melbourne on January 27, one day after her hard-fought victory over Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open women's finals. Only Tamaki wasn't having it.

"Irrespective of Naomi Osaka, I think we live in really changing times".

"We offer her our warmest congratulations for not only her wonderful victory in Melbourne but her rise to world No. 1". "I'm really proud of how she won".

"I read notes before this but I still forgot what I was meant to say". "I think if I didn't regroup after the second set, then I would have looked back on this match and probably cried or something". Although she doesn't have any grand slam wins under her belt like her younger sister, Mari is also a professional tennis player. During the Australian Open, on more than one occasion, she controlled her desire to slam down her tennis racket.

"And then I called my sister when I got back to the hotel and she was really happy for me", Osaka said. "It felt really overwhelming. It was just to win this tournament".

Naomi Osaka with her father Leonard Francois and the Australian Open trophy at Brighton Beach. Naomi Osaka is rapidly being compared as the next big thing in tennis during her ascension. "But for sure she has probably everything that has to be there to play her best tennis".

Naomi and Mari Osaka have been playing tennis since childhood.

Australian Open Champ Naomi Osaka Becomes Asia's First No. 1 in Tennis
Australian Open Champ Naomi Osaka Becomes Asia's First No. 1 in Tennis

While the victory has helped solidify the 21-year-old as a crowd favorite and as one of the sport's most promising athletes, it was far from easy against the determined eighth-seeded Czech.

"It's always been pretty simple", Osaka said. "I know I've been thinking about it, to win all of them in one year".

"For me, I just have to take it one tournament at a time, especially Indian Wells is coming up and I won that tournament previous year".

Only Serena Williams (2003 and 2015), Steffi Graf (1988), Martina Navratilova (1985), Margaret Court (1970) and Maureen Connolly (1953) have held all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously. Also, Naomi is the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 who managed to win the second Grand Slam crown right after the maiden one. Osaka said the last time she rewarded herself with the Japanese comfort food was around November after the U.S. Open.

"And it may well be that this kind of down-to-earth feel and very humble way of speaking is something that enables her advisers to position her in a way that does engage with ordinary people".

"Such questions make me a bit angry but I can't do anything about it".

She has won 60 consecutive matches in which she has taken the first set, but don't ask her to explain how she does it.

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