HAKUBA – Japan rejoiced on Saturday as Naomi Osaka clinched her second consecutive Grand Slam title and became the World No 1 following a 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4 victory over Petra Kvitova in the final of the Australian Open.
She became the first Japanese tennis player to win the Australian Open, and the first Asian player to claim the No 1 ranking.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led the tributes following her victory in Melbourne.
“The thrill of a hard-fought victory! Congratulations on winning the Australian Open, Naomi Osaka,” Abe wrote on his official Twitter page.
“I am very proud of the emergence of a new queen. I look forward to your continued accomplishments.”