Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the French Open on May 27, 2017 in Paris, France.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam title by beating Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the French Open on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Osaka became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam tournament since Kimiko Date in 1988, and she became only the ninth Asian to win a Grand Slam title. The French crowd was delighted to have their new local hero to cheer on.
Osaka broke the 19th-seeded Kvitova’s serve five times. She broke the star Czech’s serve three times in the first set alone, opening a 4-2 lead, and broke her again to go up 4-1 in the second set. Kvitova, who rallied from three sets down to beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon last year, briefly battled back to trail 3-4 before Osaka served out the match.
Kvitova joins three other Czech players in Grand Slam women’s doubles finals: Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in 2009 and 2011, and Jana Cepelova and Barbora Strycova in 2016.