MELBOURNE, Australia - Australian Open champion and brand new World No.1 Naomi Osaka's enthralling 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Petra Kvitova has been greeted on social media with praise and congratulations from the tennis world and beyond.

"Your future is so bright, and your talent, drive, and determination will take you far," tweeted Billie Jean King, while Alizé Cornet paid tribute to both finalists as a "great inspiration to all of us". Meanwhile, Japanese ATP No.1 Kei Nishikori and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe were among those paying tribute to Osaka.