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1 after entering 'robot' mode for title

Javier Howell
January 27, 2019

Kvitova saved two set points while serving to stay in the set and held with a backhand crosscourt victor to force the tiebreaker. Fighting is in Kvitova's DNA and the Czech fired herself up. She worked a break point in the next, but Osaka held firm to move 4-2 in front.

She edged Czech tennis player Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4.

With two Grand Slam titles by the age of 21, we could be looking at the start of the Osaka era. I want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible. Well done, Naomi. To your team as well, you really played well and congrats for being No.1 as well.

"Winning back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments is a rare and special achievement, and I'm thrilled these results have propelled Naomi to the top of the women's game", said Chris Evert, the first ever WTA world No.1.

When she won her first big title in Indian Wells past year, she compared herself to "Caveman Spongebob" and spent the next few months posting about Overwatch.

Kvitova had won her last eight finals, including the Sydney International in the lead-up to the first Grand Slam of the campaign, and she is thrilled with how she is playing. "I can't really act entitled".

"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". "It's been a while in a final for me", said an emotional Kvitova.

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"For me, every practice and every match I've played, it feels like the year is short and long at the same time". Osaka dug herself out of a hole in the seventh game, rallying from 0-40 down to keep the match on serve. For the rest of 2019 and her career, Osaka is going to be in her own, different, younger spotlight.

Osaka struggled to read Kvitova's serve initially but picked up the pace in the 12th game, forcing two set points. Social scientists continue to search for a precise year to mark the difference between the millennials and Generation Z, but for tennis fans, it may as well be Naomi Osaka's birthdate.

Osaka was born in Japan - her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian - and she moved to NY at age 3. "I'm really honored to have played you in the final of a Grand Slam".

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. With back-to-back Slams and an Indian Wells title, she's already the most decorated Asian woman in tennis history.

On top of that, Osaka will rise to No. 1 in the rankings.

Osaka regained her cool and clipped a clean backhand victor to take a break point in the third game of the decider, going on to see off a Kvitova break opportunity, her mental demons put to bed.

Petra Kvitova really wanted to be the Australian Open champion. She took the second, and the relief on her face was easy to see as coolness prevailed.