Highlights: Osaka regains compsoure to clinch title after wasting three match points

Highlights: Osaka regains compsoure to clinch title after wasting three match points

"Every time I have a dream, somehow I accomplish it, I still feel like it's a very unusual moment".

"Thanks to my team". I don't think that I could really imagine.

"I'm so proud", he said.

One fan simply wrote that the world "doesn't deserve" Naomi Osaka. "There's a lot of stuff I want to say about, like, how I felt and whatever".

To everyone who just hummed the rest of the song, yes, that is from the Pokémon theme song. The next global superstar has arrived.

Osaka was born in Japan - her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian - and she moved to NY at age 3.

The match went on for just under two-and-a-half hours, ending after 2 hours and 27 minutes.

Japan´s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the championship trophy during the presentation ceremony after her victory against Czech Republic´s Petra Kvitova in the women´s singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2019.

Saturday's final saw the best and worst of Osaka's game. It caps off a brilliant run for the No. 4 seed Osaka, who had to beat the likes of Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova just to get to this point.

Kvitova was playing in her first Grand Slam final since winning Wimbledon in 2014 - and the first since she was stabbed in the hand by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic a little more than two years ago.

Osaka threatened to mentally unravel after losing 18 of 22 points from 5-3 and 40-love up on Kvitova's serve in the second set.

Proving why she's a two time Wimbledon champ, Kvitova won the second set taking it to the decider. Just over two years removed from the home invasion and knife attack that almost ended her career, Kvitova played fearlessly, and it paid off.

However, the Czech was simply outplayed in the tie-break, Osaka powering a return onto the line for a victor on the second point and not looking back.

It was, make no mistake, a stunning collapse.

A HUGE congratulations to both players. Capriati did so at the 2001 Australian and French opens.

Osaka was frustrated but did not panic, earning three break-back points in the next game, the decisive one off a Kvitova double fault, which she conceded with a poorly hit drop shot to put the set back on level terms. But Osaka calmed down.

The fourth seed and US Open champion triumphed 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 in a 2hr 27min epic over the Czech eighth seed to claim back-to-back Grand Slams and become the first Asian, male or female, to hold the top spot.

She then broke for 2-1, and with a gentle fist pump looked to have finally settled herself down. With tears in her eyes, the tennis champion got up to shake hands with her opponent before making her way over to the bench, where she crouched down to the floor again with her face in her hands.

The big-swinging Czech suffered disappointing early exits at Grand Slams in 2018 despite winning five titles on the year.

She held for 3-1 courtesy of some big groundstrokes as the momentum, and the crowd, swung firmly in her direction. Although this was their first meeting, it's easy to see Kvitova and Osaka battling at the top for years to come.

However, Osaka was able to regroup just in time. Slammed a ball. Tugged at her visor's pink brim.

The title win also means Osaka will become the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.

Much has been made of Osaka's cross-cultural appeal.

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