Australian Open 2019 Women's Final: Winner, Score and Twitter Reaction

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2019

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Naomi Osaka of Japan (L) poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic with the runners-up trophy following the Women's Singles Final during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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Naomi Osaka was the talk of the tennis world on Saturday after she beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to win the Australian Open.

In an enthralling match, Kvitova was able to save three championship points at the end of the second set, with Osaka seemingly struggling to get over the line. However, the 21-year-old was able to regroup magnificently in the decider and secure the victory.

Success for Osaka makes it back-to-back Grand Slam titles, having won the U.S. Open in 2018. The win also means she moves to the top of the WTA rankings for the first time.

Here's a look at how social media reacted to an incredible final and another remarkable triumph for Osaka.

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World Reacts to Outstanding Osaka

At the end of a punishing contest, the relief was clear to see from Osaka:

#AusOpen @AustralianOpen

What a moment. @Naomi_Osaka_ wins her second Grand Slam in a row πŸ†πŸ† #AusOpen https://t.co/9TTskXIH9E

Having been in total control for the majority of the match, it was a surprise to see the youngster crumble at the end of the second set, with Kvitova stepping up her form and saving three match points.

The manner in which the new world no. 1 regrouped was indicative of someone special.

As the Live Tennis Twitter account relayed, it's been a long time since a player matched Osaka's start to Grand Slam success:

Live Tennis @livetennis

The emotion. Not since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 has a player won their first & second Grand Slam titles at consecutive majors. She will be the first Asian player, male or female, to rank no. 1. What a star we have in 21-year-old @Naomi_Osaka_. https://t.co/fVJavD5QGI

Unsurprisingly Osaka received a rapturous reception from those in attendance at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, making it an atmosphere markedly different when compared to her previous win at the U.S. Open:

bet365 @bet365

Just four months after beating Serena Williams to win the US Open title to a chorus of boos, Naomi Osaka receives a standing ovation for winning the Australian Open. In doing so, she becomes the first ever Asian world number one. #AusOpen https://t.co/IoDL7LdjjR

BBC Sport's Russell Fuller said the resolve on show at Flushing Meadows came to the fore again in this encounter:

Russell Fuller @russellcfuller

You could see in New York that Naomi Osaka had resilience in spades. And again, tonight, having seen 3 championship points saved, and with tears in her eyes, she found the composure, will and nerve required. And she is only 21.

Twitter was full of praise for the performance of Osaka, too. Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, was one of the first to offer her thoughts on the match, as did WTA star Alize Cornet:

Martina Navratilova @Martina

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!!!

Alize Cornet @alizecornet

WHAT A FINAL 😱😱😱 Thank you ladies for showing such strength, determination, courage and resilience ! You are both great inspiration to all of us πŸ™Œ And welcome @Naomi_Osaka_ to world nΒ°1 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‰ #AusOpen

Osaka's coach Sascha Bajin was quickly on to social media to praise his player, too:

sascha Bajin @BigSascha

So I guess we did it? 😳 #TeamOsaka #AndNewNr1

sascha Bajin @BigSascha

What an effort! Becoming Nr.1 is never easy! This girl is something special! @AbdulSillah and Kristy Stahr you guys are the best! Thank you for letting me be part of this crazy ride πŸ™πŸ½

Although Osaka was rightly the recipient of plenty of plaudits, there were also a lot of positive words for Kvitova.

This was the first time she had been in a Grand Slam final since 2014 and her first since an intruder slashed her left hand with a knife at her home in 2016. After the attack, the Czech said she was "fortunate to be alive," per David Ornstein of BBC Sport.

Tennis journalist Reem Abulleil expressed her admiration for both Osaka and Kvitova following this titanic tussle:

Reem Abulleil @ReemAbulleil

When I grow up I wanna be like Naomi Osaka. The way she regrouped after that 2nd set is a skill I am yet to acquire so far in my life. When I grow up I wanna b like Petra Kvitova. The way she turned trauma into triumph is something that inspires me every day! Take a bow ladies!

The crowd also rallied behind the runner-up as she discussed the attack in the post-match interview:

#AusOpen @AustralianOpen

"We didn't even know if I would be able to hold the racquet again." @Petra_Kvitova's comeback story is one in a million 🌟 #AusOpen https://t.co/XLz2tc703i

Still, the day belonged to Osaka, who has made remarkable progress in the past year. At the 2018 Australian Open, she was ranked 72nd in the world; at the end of the 2019 edition, she's secured two Grand Slams and the world no. 1 spot.

The assurance and quality she has been able to showcase on the biggest stages in tennis means she will be difficult to knock off that position. For the rest of this year and beyond, she appears to be a competitor who will beΒ successful on many more days like this.Β  Β 


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