T They called it the feel-good finale, a match that could only deliver a positive narrative, no matter who won. Naomi Osaka almost experienced a Jana Novotna-like catastrophe when she let three matchpoints through her strings.
When tennis looks for the next superstar, it may be a mercy that Osaka – who is only 21 years old – was able to recover. She came to this tournament and disappointed her own habit of becoming too humid in difficult games. How quickly and decisively she learned the lesson and mastered her own disappointment like an experienced veteran.
After Osaka lost the last four games of the second set and was taken into a decision, Osaka left the towel over his head. Later she admitted that she used the towel to hide her tears. But when she came back, it seemed like she wiped her hard drive and erased the memory of her previous choke. And when the opportunity came again, she used it completely nerveless.
Osaka finished 7: 6, 5: 7, 6: 4 against Petra Kvitova and set up a number of meaningful statistics. First and foremost, it will be the world's new number one when the ranking is released on Monday. She will be the first female Asian female player to be at the top. She has also broken the series of eight different Slam winners in eight tournaments. And became the first Grand Slam winner to double since Jennifer Capriati in 2001
Above all, she has changed the whole history of women's tennis. So far, it was assumed that Serena Williams would win every tournament she had participated in as long as she was able to reach her optimum level. Now you have to think that even a fitter Williams might have a hard time getting past Osaka and maybe Kvitova.