Naomi Osaka shed quite a few tears after winning her second Grand Slam in a row thanks to a victory over Czech Petra Kvitova.
The Japanese star beat her opponent 7-6 (7-2), 5-7 and 6-4 in a two-hour and 27-minute match that took place on Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia.
It was reported that, with this win, 21-year-old Osaka has replaced Simon Halep as the new number one in the world, and is the first Japanese player to achieve that feat.
A VERY EMOTIONAL MOMENT
Osaka has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with and someone who will be hovering over the top places for quite a while.
At the end of the match, Osaka, who is currently one of the biggest sports stars in Asia, covered her face with her hands while squatting on the court.
During a post-match interview, the young athlete couldn't hide her pride and joy as she thanked her team for all of their help, claiming that she wouldn't have been able to make it through the week without them.
21-year-old Osaka has replaced Simon Halep as the new number one in the world, and is the first Japanese player to achieve that feat.
Back in 2018, Osaka managed to beat Serena Williams, one of the most dominating athletes in the sport, at the U.S. Open singles finals, but the match was surrounded by controversy.
WILLIAMS VS RAMOS
Although Osaka won fair and square, Williams stole the show by arguing with Portuguese Umpire Carlos Ramos over several decisions during the match.
Ramos accused the player of illegal coaching, which consisted of her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, doing hand gestures from the stands, prompting Williams to say that she would rather lose than cheat.
ANGER AND SEXISM ACCUSATIONS
Frustrated, Williams smashed her racket against the floor, which cost her a one-point penalty. The umpire was then called a thief by the player, who demanded an apology from him.
In the end, Williams was fined $17,000 for her remarks, but the athlete still claimed that she was a victim of sexism and that Ramos wouldn't have acted the way he did if she was a man.