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Japan’s Naomi Osaka has gone from world number 72 to world number 1 in just one year. After achieving the amazing feat of beating world number 1, Serena Williams at the US Open last year, she has continued to soar.

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The 21-year-old 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 US Open winner, shed tears after missing three championship points in the second set but regrouped to win 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-4.

The fourth seed broke for 2-1 in the decider, then served out the win.

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

Congratulations Naomi!

By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

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