Naomi Osaka is the most humble Grand Slam victor

Naomi Osaka is the most humble Grand Slam victor

Naomi Osaka is the most humble Grand Slam victor

The final almost ended in the second set, when Osaka was up a break at 5-3 and held three championship points at love-40 on Kvitova's serve.

"Honestly, when I was playing and I heard the crowd was for both of us I was very happy but at the same time I was trying to focus on the match". But I think I already won two years ago. But for me, I still feel very shocked.

The 21-year-old beat Kvitova on Saturday to win her second straight Grand Slam title.

"Yeah, I wanted to enjoy my time here".

Rather than tearfully hiding her face as she did in New York, Osaka beamed with joy at a win she said was still sinking in.

"I read notes before this, but still I forgot the rest of what I am supposed to say, so just thank you, everyone", she added.

She was born in Japan.

"It's hurting a lot today, I wanted to win and have the trophy", the 28-year-old said after the 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 defeat.

"But the fact that she has been in a winning position and got herself back into a third set".

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"This is insane. I can not believe I just played the final of a grand slam again", she said. The new world number one's status as the brightest young star in tennis can be in no doubt. Kvitova had five break-point opportunities in the opening set but could not convert any of them and then went on to lose the tiebreaker in her first meeting against the Japanese.

There was speculation Osaka couldn't let herself enjoy the moment, still kicking herself that she nearly let the match slip through her fingers in her second set meltdown.

The Japanese star left the court wiping away tears and the match appeared over - at least in her head.

Kvitova was full of plaudits for the new Australian Open champion but doesn't believe it's a forgone conclusion that she will dominate the sport.

Osaka's victory Down Under, and accompanying post-match presentation in which both players were handed generous plaudits, was all very different to the win over Serena Williams in NY back in September. "As I said on the court, I didn't know if I (was) going to hold the racket again".

She regained it, though, at the flawless time with a two-week run through NY over the summer, winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Osaka also praised her team, saying: "I really don't think that I would have made it through this week without you guys". She is the first woman to win back-to-back Majors, other than Serena Williams, since Kim Clijsters at the beginning of this decade.

She felt this was exhibited during her run to the final when twice she fought back from a set down to win and remain alive in the tournament.

Her backhand returns neutralized her Czech opponent's feared lefty serve out wide.

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