Osaka exploited her additional opportunity in the third set to crush Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday, win the Australian Open and turn into a consecutive Slam champion.
“I’ve always dreamt of being in this position and I am honored to be part of the elite group of players who have reached the No.1 ranking.”
Osaka became the first woman since Jennifer Capriati to win both of her first two Grand Slam finals. Capriati did so at the 2001 Australian and French opens.
Prior to the two Slam victories, Osaka had never made it past the fourth round of a major (2018 Australian Open).
The title win also means Osaka will become the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.