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.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 26, 2019
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) January 26, 2019
— Bethanie MattekSands (@matteksands) January 26, 2019
Well, after winning the #usopen2018 Naomi Osaka became a star. And now, after winning the #australianopen and becoming world #1, she is a superstar! Congratulations Champ. And @Petra_Kvitova - you are the champion of life!!!
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) January 26, 2019
— Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) January 26, 2019
— 安倍晋三 (@AbeShinzo) January 26, 2019
Brilliant service game with composure after regrouping to take the @AustralianOpen title & become World #1. Congratulations on both! Maturing so quickly-the future is yours!
— Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) January 26, 2019
— Shuai Zhang (@zhangshuai121) January 26, 2019