At this time, everything was about tennis. When Naomi Osaka won her first major US Open title last September, her victory was overshadowed by a dispute between her opponent, Serena Williams, and the referee’s Carlos Ramos.
On January 26, the 21-year-old Japanese prodigy won her second consecutive Grand Slam. She defeated Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) with 5-7, 6-4 in the final of the Australian Open.
The win will put Ms. Osaka in fourth place in the official world rankings, making her the youngest top player since Caroline Wozniacki claimed the position in 2010.
The achievements of Mrs. Osaka give a little welcome stability to the upper ranks of women’s noses. She is the first player to win majors in a row since Ms. Williams won three consecutive races in 2015.
Her title in Australia ends an unprecedented series of eight grand slams in a row, each time a different woman won every trophy.
On the way to her title in Melbourne, she pushed for the throne, including Elina Svitolina, a 24-year-old Ukrainian, and Karolina Pliskova, the 26-year-old Czech player, who had driven out Mrs. Williams a record comeback a round earlier.