Professional tennis champion in women’s singles at the Australian Open, Naomi Osaka has defeated the world number one Ashleigh Barty in China Open final.
The Japanese world number four came through 3-6 6-3 6-2 to win her second title in a row, having also triumphed at the Pan Pacific Open in September.
She has won 10 straight matches since losing in the last 16 of the US Open
“In this tournament, I threw my racquet at least once every match,” said Osaka. “I felt like I had something to prove.”
This title ranks as one of the biggest of 21-year-old two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka’s career, because it is only her second premier WTA title – the top level of tournaments on the women’s tour after the majors..
But despite seeming frustrated, the Japanese applied pressure early in the second set and eventually broke serve in the sixth game to level the match.
“I was telling myself to keep fighting even through my attitude was really trash,” Osaka added. “I just really wanted to win here.”
She repeated the feat in the first game of the decider, and did so again to take a 5-2 lead – before sealing victory on her second match point.