Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to win the 2019 Australian Open, her second consecutive Grand Slam title following her 2018 US Open win. Here are the best numbers from the new World no.1's win on Saturday.
Osaka's 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win against Kvitova was the joint-longest Australian Open women's final in terms of games played, in the Open era (since 1968). This equals the 35 games played between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert in the 1981 final, won by the former. The overall record across majors in the Open era stays at 46, taken by Margaret Court in beating Billie Jean King in the Wimbledon final of 1970.
Naomi Osaka has become the sixth woman in the Open era to win her first two majors consecutively. She had also won the 2018 US Open, and now joins the list of Evonne Goolagong (French Open and Wimbledon, 1971), Chris Evert (French, Wimbledon, 1974), Hana Mandlikova (Australian Open 1980-81, French 1981), Venus Williams (Wimbledon, US Open 2000) and Jennifer Capriati (Australian, French 2001).
This win propels Naomi Osaka to the No.1 rank for the first time in her career, making her the first Asian player -- male or female -- to have done so. Osaka is also now the second Asian player after Li Na of China to won multiple majors across both men's and women's tennis. Li, who claimed the women's singles titles at the 2011 French Open and the 2014 Australian Open, will be one of the inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame later this year. Li reached a career-high ranking of no.2, which was the previous record for an Asian player.
By winning the first set, Naomi Osaka extended her run of winning tour matches where she has taken the opening set to 60, comfortably the longest active streak on the women's tour. Her last loss after winning the opening set in a tour match came against Svetlana Kuznetsova in Tianjin back in 2016.
Osaka's win has also made the count 49-5 in favour of players winning the first set across the last 54 women's singles final matches in all majors.
Naomi Osaka is the second woman in 15 years to have won successive majors aged 21 and under, after Justine Henin, who was 21 years and seven months when she won the Australian Open in 2004 to follow up her US Open crown the previous year. At 21 years and three months, Osaka is also the youngest Australian Open champion in 11 years -- Maria Sharapova was 20 years and nine months old when she won the title in 2008.
Spare a thought for the defeated Kvitova, who still leads the women's tour for most tour titles won (six) since the start of 2018, and would have herself become the oldest women's player to debut at no.1 on the rankings had she added a seventh on Saturday.
Faced with three match points on her serve, 0-40 down at 3-5 in the second set, Kvitova came back to not just hold, but win the next four games on the trot. In the process, she also made Osaka lose her fourth set over the last fortnight -- making the Japanese player the first woman to have dropped more than three sets on her way to the Australian title.
(Stats courtesy ESPN's Statistics & Information Group)