Naomi Osaka Wins the Women’s Singles Australian Open

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The Australian Open is a Grand-Slam tennis tournament that takes place in Australia every year. The 2021 Australian Open was held on February 8th through February 21st in Melbourne, Australia. This was the 109th time the Australian Open has taken place, and this is also the first Grand-Slam Tournament taken place in 2021.

Naomi Osaka was born in Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan in 1997 and is now the No. 1 ranked tennis player by the Women’s Tennis Association only at the age of 23. She is also the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in women’s singles and has also surpassed Serena Williams.

In the first round of the women’s singles, No.3 Naomi Osaka beat Hseih Su-Wei 6-2, 6-2. This win put Naomi Osaka straight into the Semi-Finals. During an interview before playing Serena Williams, Osaka was asked a question by a reporter and responded with “I have this mentality that people don’t remember the runners-up. You might, but the winner’s name is the one that is engraved.” Naomi Osaka went on to face No.10 Serena Williams and beat her 6-3, 6-4 in two straight sets. Following her win against Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka was interviewed by ESPN reporter Jim Courier and stated, “Honestly for me, I don’t know, it’s just always an honor to play her and I just didn’t want to go out, like, really bad, so I just wanted to try my best.” Osaka then went on to the Women’s Singles Australian Open Finals on Saturday, February 20, where she faced No.20, Jennifer Brady. Osaka went on to win the Australian Open Finals 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets. Along with winning the Australian Open Trophy, Osaka also received 2.1 million dollars. “Osaka, 23, now has four Grand Slam titles to her name, adding to the 2018 and 2020 U.S. Opens, plus her win in Australia in 2019.” says The Wall Street Journal.