Australian Open 2019 Women’s Singles Final, Petra Kvitova vs Naomi Osaka Final Tennis Highlights: Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4 to become the first Japanese player to win the Australian Open on Saturday. This is also her second Grand Slam title. The win made fourth seed Osaka the first player from an Asian country to claim the world number one ranking.
The 21-year-old Osaka became the youngest women’s world number one since Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who was 20 when she topped the rankings in 2010. The fourth seed, one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in women’s tennis, also became the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the next Grand Slam after her maiden major title.
Australian Open 2019 Women's Final, Petra Kvitova vs Naomi Osaka Highlights:
Osaka given a loud cheer
Naomi Osaka: I wrote notes before this and I still forgot what I was going to say! Thank you everyone.
Osaka thanks crowd
Osaka: Thank you for coming out and supporting even though it is so hot all the time. Thank you to tournament director, ball kids and everyone for running around despite the heat.
Osaka congrats Petra
Naomi Osaka: Huge congrats to Petra. I always wanted to play you and I wish it wasn't at this stage. I am really honoured to have faced you.
Kvitova thanks team
Kvitova: Thank you to my team. They stuck by me even if we didn't know if I could hold a racquet again. Thank you to everyone who came here. Hopefully I will be healthy and come here next year.
NAOMI OSAKA WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN!
Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4 for her second straight grand slam title. Osaka is also the new World No. 1 - first from Asia - male or female. She makes it back-to-back Grand Slam titles after overcoming a valiant Petra Kvitova
Osaka 5-4 Kvitova in decider
Kvitova holds for 4-5 against Naomi Osaka in the third set. Osaka will serve for the #AusOpen title for the second time.
Osaka 5-3 Kvitova in decider
Just like the second set, Osaka has a 5-3 lead after a perfect serve game. Will Kvitova again make it difficult for Osaka in the final games?
Osaka 4-3 Kvitova in decider
Down 0-40 again, Kvitova calmly finds a way to keep herself in the match with a hold. Her serve has been tremendous when she needs it most. Osaka is now serving with a 4-3 lead.
Osaka 4-2 Kvitova in decider
Down 30-40, Osaka comes up with huge shots to hold for 4-2 in the third set. Two booming serves, and a forehand winner.
Osaka 3-2 Kvitova in decider
Kvitova comes up with a big ace to hold for 2-3. Kvitova has gone back to her wide serve.
Osaka 3-1 Kvitova in decider
Now Osaka holds for a 3-1 lead in the third. The US Open champion has done exceptionally well in this decider, looking calmer.
Osaka 2-1 Kvitova in decider
Osaka breaks Kvitova to take a 2-1 lead in the third set. At 30-30 Osaka looked tired, frustrated but a shout out to herself (come on), and wins the game.
Osaka 1-1 Kvitova in decider
Scores are tied at 1-1 in the decider. Osaka makes the most of errors by the two-time Wimbledon champion to take the next game.
Osaka 0-1 Kvitova in decider
Kvitova holds at love to open the third. She has all the momentum in the world right now. With Osaka under pressure, Kvitova wins her fifth straight game.
Kvitova takes the second set 7-5
From 3-5 down, the No. 8 seed won four straight games to take the match into deciding set. In a turn of events, Osaka double faults and can be seen struggling mentally. Osaka misses three match points and failed to serve for the championship as Kvitova forces a deciding set.
Osaka 5-6 Kvitova in second set
What an intense final! Kvitova survives a break point to take a 6-5 lead in the second set. Osaka will now serve to send this thing to a tiebreaker.
Osaka 5-5 Kvitova in second set
What a fighting spirit by Kvitova! She just broke Osaka to even things up at 5-5 in the second set.
Osaka 5-4 Kvitova in second set
Kvitova gets herself another chance, ensuring she does not make it any easy for Osaka. Kvitova fights off three match points to hold for 4-5. Osaka will now serve for the title.
Osaka 5-3 Kvitova in second set
Naomi Osaka is now one game away from winning the Australian Open title, her second Grand Slam title. She holds for 5-3 in the second set.
Osaka 4-3 Kvitova in second set
Kvitova holds for 3-4 against Naomi Osaka in the second set. Kvitova's serve looked better in this set.
Osaka 4-2 Kvitova in second set
Osaka holds for 4-2 in the second set. She's just two games away from another Grand Slam title and world no. 1 ranking.
Osaka 3-2 Kvitova in second set
Naomi Osaka wins three games in a row to lead the second set 3-2. Kvitova not hitting her serves as hard as she was in the opening set.
Osaka 2-2 Kvitova in second set
Osaka holds for 2-2. She's won 12/16 first serve points in the second set. Osaka is beginning to read Kvitova's serves well.
Osaka 1-2 Kvitova in second set
Osaka breaks back. She’ll now serve to even things up. Kvitova had a costly double fault at deuce.
Osaka 0-2 Kvitova in second set
Osaka 0-1 Kvitova in second set
Kvitova opens the second set with a hold. The beginning of this set could not be more important, as Kvitova can’t afford to let this get out of hand.
Osaka has won her last 59 matches in which she has won the 1st set - last defeat v Kuznetsova in Tianjin, October 2016. Also, 29 of the last 33 Aus Open women’s singles finals have been won by the player winning the 1st set
Osaka wins first set
Kvitova struggles in the breaker as the thrilling first set of women's singles final goes to Naomi Osaka, who takes the opening tie-break 7-6. The world No. 4 played a flawless tiebreaker. She is now one set away from winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles.
Osaka has taken her game to another level in this tiebreaker. She leads 5-1.
Osaka 6-6 Kvitova
Kvitova saves two set points to force an opening-set tiebreaker. Both players have thrived when taking the first set in their careers. This one is crucial.
Osaka 6-5 Kvitova
A strong hold from Osaka again sees the US Open champion leading 6-5 in the opening set. But it wasn’t easy. Kvitova won what could be the Point of the Match in that game.
Osaka 5-5 Kvitova
That's a hold for Kvitova with two drop shots. Kvitova was 15-30 up before she shows some variations in her shots to get the better of Osaka. Drop shots have been the strong point for Kvitova.
Osaka 5-4 Kvitova
Brilliant comeback from Osaka, who takes the game featuring an ace and just five shots.
Osaka 4-4 Kvitova
Kvitova easily holds for 4-4. Osaka, who does well during rallies, struggles to find her first serve. Kvitova meanwhile sliced a backhand into the net for 40-15, before levelling the set.
Osaka 4-3 Kvitova
Down 0-40, Osaka rallies to hold for a 4-3 lead. Despite not a very strong first serve right now, Osaka has managed to keep it going her way. Which is also because Kvitova missed a few times.
Osaka 3-3 Kvitova
Osaka forces an unforced error to earn her first break but Kvitova is not going to let it go easily, or at all. A brilliant first serve sees Kvitova level the first set again 3-3 as Osaka is caught on the wrong foot.
Osaka 3-2 Kvitova
Two break points saved as Naomi Osaka with a difficult service game leads 3-2 in the first set. Osaka was down 0-30 with Kvitova acing her return game. Osaka, however, denied Kvitova two break points before closing out the game.
Osaka 2-2 Kvitova
That was the first proper rally (10 shots) of the final and the US Open champion takes the point. Kvitova responds by three good serves to earn the game and level the first set.
Osaka 2-1 Kvitova
Lovely stuff from Osaka, who now serves to love, as she finds a huge ace to wrap up a hold to love.
Osaka 1-1 Kvitova
Kvitova responds by taking the next game, rips a low forehand winner with Osaka unable to reach and the two-time Wimbledon winner closes out to love.