Tennis: 8 things to know about the new world No. 1 Naomi Osaka

Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates with the championship trophy during a presentation ceremony after her victory against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open, on Jan 26, 2019.
Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates with the championship trophy during a presentation ceremony after her victory against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open, on Jan 26, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam when she defeated Serena Williams at the US Open finals.
Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam when she defeated Serena Williams at the US Open finals.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Naomi Osaka's smashing victory in Saturday's (Jan 26, 2019) Australian Open was a historical one not just for herself, but for an entire continent as well.

The 21-year-old won her first Australian Open crown and became the new world No.1 after battling past Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova - which also made her the first Asian, male or female, to hold the world's top ranking.

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