#WashingtonPost: #Japanese fans celebrate #Osaka’s rise to top of #Tennis world


TOKYO — Led by a congratulatory tweet from the prime minister, Japan reveled in Naomi Osaka’s dramatic Australian Open win on Sunday.

Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam singles title. The 21-year-old Osaka also became the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.

Osaka was born in Japan — her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian — and she moved to New York at age 3.

“What an impressive performance,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tweeted. “Congratulations to Naomi Osaka on winning the Australian Open! “

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