NAOMI OSAKA WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN AND SECOND GRAND SLAM TITLE

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka beat Czech Petra Kvitova in a thrilling Australian Open final to win back-to-back Grand Slams and become the new world number one.

The 21 year old US Open winner, missed three championship points in the second set but regrouped to win 7-6 5-7 6-4.

The fourth seed broke for 2-1 in the decider, then served out to clinch victory in Melbourne.

28 year old Eighth seed Kvitova, was bidding for her first major title since being stabbed in a knife attack.