Martina Navratilova leads tributes to Australian Open champion 'Superstar' Naomi Osaka

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"It took me a while to kind of get used to it".

What should have been over in 92 minutes went two hours and 27 minutes, but she got there in the end.

Naomi Osaka beat one of her idols - 23-time champion Serena Williams - at the US Open a year ago, gaining her first Grand Slam title. "I can't wait to see what the future holds for her", she added.

"I feel great. I'm playing great tennis", Kvitova said.

"Thanks to my team".

It was just really few of them, I think. Well done to Naomi Osaka.

Osaka has shown growing maturity on court and has proven she can handle the pressure cooker situations, but admits to being introverted off court and not a natural socialite.

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What a difference a year has made for the Japanese sensation. The next global superstar has arrived.

"My partner is No. 1 in the world".

With this win, Osaka is no longer The Girl Who Beat Serena in That Crazy US Open Final. Not a bad perk, Osaka would surely say. Trudged to the locker room between sets with a towel draped over her head.

Osaka took the first set on a tiebreak after both players had exhibited their entire array of shots in a high-quality opening to the match. After a tense first set filled with missed break opportunities, Osaka began the tiebreak with a punishing serve and a handsome backhand return victor down the line. She was later issued three violations, including one for breaking her racket.

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Osaka had three championship points as Kvitova served at 3-5, 0-40 in set two, but the Japanese was pegged back in sensational fashion inside Rod Laver Arena. Kvitova was hitting marginally more winners but her unforced error count was creeping up. A comeback was nearly expected of Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion with the affectionate nickname P3tra for her tendency to come back.

Osaka appeared to be broken when she walked off court after Kvitova ripped through four straight service games to claim the second set.

Instead, Osaka's courageous fightback ensures all the focus will be on her mental fortitude instead of her mental frailties.

It was, make no mistake, a stunning collapse. I've always wanted to play you and you have been through so much. It happened to Elina Svitolina at the 2017 French Open.

While Osaka will become the new women's number one, replacing Romanian Simona Halep, when the world rankings are released on Monday, Kvitova will be a spot behind. But Osaka calmed down.

It therefore came as little surprise when she revealed she kept it short when telling herself how she was going to work her way back into the Australian Open final, just as her hopes of victory seemed to be teetering on the brink disaster. Even in the loss, Kvitova moves to a new career high ofw world No. 2.

On top of that, Osaka will rise to No. 1 in the rankings. With tears in her eyes, the tennis champion got up to shake hands with her opponent before making her way over to the bench, where she crouched down to the floor again with her face in her hands. "She started swinging from the fences".

Osaka denied Kvitova an emotional third grand slam title and secured back-to-back majors of her own on Saturday night with a steely 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-4 triumph over the Czech. Her roots in Florida also give her an easy path to American stardom as well. The answer, until Osaka, was everyone and no one at all.

Naomi has an older sister who also plays tennis. She was not afraid to publicly call out her sponsor Nissin this week for portraying her as pale-skinned in an anime-themed advertisement.

If there were any lingering doubts Osaka was not a genuine superstar, that she had somehow fluked her way to a maiden grand slam title in NY last summer, she made a mockery of them here by showing the mental fortitude of a champion when she could have gone completely off the boil. She has already been open about her mental health struggles, a welcome tune for a generation more aware of mental wellness than any before it. Playing in front of her home crowd, she reached a third championship match of the year in Tokyo. She has more than earned the right to be her slightly awkward and self-aware self.

The 2019 Australian Open women's singles final was simply epic. Fighting is in Kvitova's DNA and the Czech fired herself up. People sometimes compare the two to Venus and Serena Williams.

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