Naomi Osaka forgets her victory speech after Australian Open glory

first_imgNaomi Osaka was over the moon after winning her second Grand Slam title on Saturday. The 21-year-old Japanese star was ranked as low as 72 a year back but cut to January 2019, she is the winner of two back-to-back majors.With the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in hand, Osaka began her victory speech with an apology to the crowd at Rod Laver Arena that was packed to the rafters for the women’s singles final between the fourth seed and former Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova.”Hello. Sorry, public speaking isn’t really my strong side so I’m hoping I can get through this,” Osaka said.Osaka is slowly gaining the reputation as one of the most entertaining characters on the tour. Her funny, and sometimes witty, one-liners are a big hit among the tennis fraternity.On Saturday, she was at it again even as she conceded she wasn’t able to recollect what she had wanted to say despite looking at a few notes after the three-set thrilling win at the Melbourne Park.”I read notes before this but I’ve still forgotten what I’m supposed to say. I’m really honoured to play in this final so thank you,” Osaka conceded.Tears of joy @Naomi_Osaka_ #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019What a moment. @Naomi_Osaka_ wins her second Grand Slam in a row #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019However, she hardly missed a beat during the fiercely-fought women’s singles final against Kvitova, who was looking determined than ever to complete a remarkable comeback from a career-threatening knife attack in 2017 and win her first-ever Australian Open title.advertisementOsaka, who was serving well and hitting winners at will, was unstoppable in the first-set tie-breaker. She was cruising to a straight-set win but Kvitova saved three championship points and put the pressure back on Osaka.From being 5-3 down, Kvitova fought back and won five straight games, which includes an early break in the deciding set of the match. Osaka nearly suffered a meltdown when the second set slipped away from her hands.However, the 21-year-old showed immense composure and found ways to stay in the game. From being down 2-0, she broke back and held her serve to take the lead and there was no stopping her from thereon.Osaka thanked her opponent, Kvitova for coming up with her A game in the final and credited her team for the big win.”Congratulations Petra, I’ve always wanted to play you, you’ve been through so much and I didn’t want this game to be our first [meeting]. I’m so honoured to play you,” Osaka said.Thanking the crowd support, Osaka said, “I want to thank you guys for coming and watching. Even though it’s really hot, you guys come and show support so I really want to show my gratitude to you.””Thanks to my team, I don’t think I would have made it through this week without you. Behind every tennis player is a great team.””We didn’t even know if I would be able to hold the racquet again.”@Petra_Kvitova’s comeback story is one in a million #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019Meanwhile, Kvitova congratulated Osaka for becoming the new world number one in women’s singles.”Hello everyone. it’s crazy I cannot believe I just played a final of a Grand Slam again so … It was a great final, well done Naomi. To your team as well, you really played well and congratulations for being (world) No1 as well,” Kvitova said.Also Read | Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova to win her second Grand Slam titleAlso Read | Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran confident ahead of World Group Qualifiers vs ItalyAlso See:last_img read more

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