Naomi Osaka Is the Coolest Thing in Tennis: Wins Australian Open, Becomes World’s No. 1

The rise and rise of Naomi Osaka, born in Japan, moved at the age of 3 to be raised in the United States by her Japanese mother and Haitian father, Osaka, along with her older sister Mari, was groomed for a tennis career from a young age by their father. She has dual citizenship and currently resided in Florida.

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The Australian Open was Osaka’s second grand slam championship after she won the US Open in September in an emotional  and controversial game against Serena Williams.

She followed up her US open triumph with aplomb in Melbourne at ousting two-time Wimbledon winner to win her second grand slam championship.

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Osaka, winning the women’s Australian Open singles title, is the first player from Asia, male or female, to become a tennis world No.1. And the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 reaching the top since 2010, the last one was Caroline Wozniacki at 20.

Reaching the summit of top the men's or women's tennis rankings at the age of just 21, Osaka has underlined her status as the future of this sport.

Osaka's historic win over Petra Kvitova has drawn record numbers of TV viewers in Japan, the tournament has revealed. According to  WTA tennis Australian Open final draws over 20m viewers in Japan.

Japan's Naomi Osaka poses with her trophy the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Melbourne's Brighton Beach following her win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. | AP

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