Naomi Osaka won her second straight grand slam title at the Australian Open, beating Petra Kvitova in three sets. She will also climb to No. 1 in the rankings Monday.
Osaka has now matched the soon-to-be Hall of Famer Li in majors on two and did something not witnessed in the women’s game in 18 years, landing her first two grand slam titles back-to-back. The 21-year-old is only the sixth female player in the Open Era to do so, joining Chris Evert, Evonne Goolagong, Hana Mandlikova, Venus Williams and most recently, Jennifer Capriati in 2001.