Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open final to seal back-to-back grand slams

The Guardian - Jan 26, 11:13 GMT

Osaka beats Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4Latest updates: follow all the reaction in Australia – live!This time the tears were of joy

This time the tears were of joy. Tennis already had a star in Naomi Osaka; now it has a superstar. After squandering three match points at 5-3 in the second set, the 21-year-old Japanese regrouped brilliantly to beat the Czech Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4 to win a dramatic Australian Open final. Her second consecutive grand slam title ensures she will be the new world No 1 and on this evidence, she might stay there for some time.

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