Tennis champion Naomi Osaka has scripted history by defeating Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open. The grand-slam winner is now the first-ever Asian player (male or female) to hold the world's top spot in tennis.
She is also now the first female tennis player to win two consecutive grand slams. The first being the controversial US Open in New York where she defeated Serena Williams in September, resulting in boos and tears.
Two grand-slams back to back is no fluke and this historic win allowed Osaka to prove just that.
Osaka's coach, Sasha Bajin had previously remarked about the player amid the controversy surrounding her:
"I know she wants to prove everybody that it wasn't like a fluke or anything."
Naomi Osaka was overshadowed when she won her first grand slam. So she just won the next slam too to let everyone know.— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) January 26, 2019
The internet too congratulated Osaka, not just on her win but her attitude on and off the court.
Double Osaka 1st player in women’s @WTA to win her 1st 2 slams back to back since 2001 Capriati— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) January 26, 2019
Well, after winning the #usopen2018 Naomi Osaka became a star. And now, after winning the #australianopen and becoming world #1, she is a superstar! Congratulations Champ. And @Petra_Kvitova - you are the champion of life!!!— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) January 26, 2019
Naomi Osaka is so easy to root for!! A killer tennis player, full of grace, and always so full of poise and class. No matter the situation— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) January 26, 2019
Congratulations to the new champion!