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10 things Naomi Osaka achieved by winning the Australian Open
From becoming the third player in the Open Era to win their first four major finals to staying perfect once she reaches the quarterfinals, she just kept piling on the numbers in Melbourne.
Published Feb 23, 2021
With a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final on Saturday, Naomi Osaka captured her fourth Grand Slam title and etched her name even deeper into the history books.
Here are just 10 of the things Osaka achieved with her latest major triumph:
She’s the seventh active player, male or female, to have four Grand Slam titles. She’s the fourth female active player, after Serena Williams (23), Venus Williams (seven) and Kim Clijsters (four), and the seventh overall if you include Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (18).
She's just the third player in the Open Era, male or female, to win their first four major finals. The only other two are Federer, who won his first seven before losing the 2006 French Open final to Nadal, and Monica Seles, who won her first six before losing the 1992 Wimbledon final to Steffi Graf.
She’s still undefeated once she reaches the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. The only four times she has reached the quarterfinals of a major are at the 2018 US Open, the 2019 Australian Open, the 2020 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open, and all four times she has gone on to lift the trophy.
She has now won four of the last six hard-court majors. She has also won 33 of her last 35 matches at hard-court Majors, the two losses coming against Belinda Bencic in the fourth round of the 2019 US Open, 7-5, 6-4, and to Coco Gauff in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open, 6-3, 6-4.
She’s the 11th woman in the Open Era to save match point en route to a major title. Osaka rallied from double match point down in the fourth round in Melbourne against Garbine Muguruza, serving at 3-5, 15-40 in the third set—she would win four games in a row to sneak it out, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
And she’s just the sixth woman to save multiple match points en route to winning a major title, after Martina Navratilova (1986 US Open), Jennifer Capriati (2002 Australian Open), Serena (2003 and 2005 Australian Open), Justine Henin (2005 French Open) and Caroline Wozniacki (2018 Australian Open).
She’s now 45-1 in her career at majors after winning the first set. Her only loss at a major from a set up was a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss to Simona Halep in the third round of the French Open in 2016.
She has now won 39 of her last 40 matches on the tour after winning the first set. Since mid-May 2019, her only loss from a set up came in the semifinals of Brisbane in January 2020, a 6-7 (10), 7-6 (3), 6-2 loss to Karolina Pliskova—and she had a match point at 6-5 in the second set of that one.
She’s now 13-0 in three-setters at majors since the start of 2018. The last three-setter she lost at a major came against Kaia Kanepi in the third round of the 2017 US Open, and she was actually up in that one too—she led 4-2 in the third set before falling to the former No. 15, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
She leaves Melbourne on a 21-match winning streak. She hasn’t lost a match in over a year, her last loss coming on February 7, 2020 to Sara Sorribes Tormo in a Billie Jean King Cup match on clay. It’s the longest WTA winning streak since Serena won 27 in a row between October 2014 and May 2015.
She’s back at No. 2 on the WTA rankings. It’s her highest ranking in almost a year and a half—the last time she was in the Top 2 was when she was No. 1 during the two weeks of the 2019 US Open.