- championship point
- reassert oneself
- down the stretch
- ～ consecutive
- ～連続での（後出～ straight も同意、in a row は連続で）
- Grand Slam
- ４大大会（後出 major championships も４大大会のこと）
- edge ～
- ～に辛勝する（後出 defeat ～は～を負かす）
- close out
- on top of that
- その上（後出 top は首位〈に立つ〉）
- pick up
- dual citizenship
- (be) based in ～
Osaka Naomi recovered after wasting three championship points and reasserted herself down the stretch to win the Australian Open in Melbourne for a second consecutive Grand Slam title, edging Petra Kvitova 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 on Jan. 26.
Osaka held three match points in the second set at 5-3, love-40 as Kvitova served. But Osaka couldn't close it out. Instead, she completely lost her way, dropping 23 of the next 27 points.
She yelled at herself, slammed a ball, tugged at her visor's pink brim, trudged to the locker room between sets with a towel over her head.
After returning to the court, Osaka refocused and stormed back to defeat Kvitova.
"I felt like I didn't want to have any regrets," Osaka said. "I think if I didn't regroup after the second set, then I would have looked back on this match and probably cried or something."
On top of that, the 21-year-old tennis star rose to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time on Jan. 28. Osaka's second consecutive major title, following her success at the US Open last September, helped her rise three spots. She became the first player from Asia to top the men's or women's tennis rankings. A year ago, Osaka was ranked 72nd. She is the youngest woman to reach the top since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010, who was 20.
Clearly marking herself as tennis' bright new star, Osaka is also the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Serena Williams picked up four straight titles over 2014-15. Until this Australian Open, eight women had divided the previous eight major titles.
Osaka was born in Japan -- her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian-American -- and she moved to the United States when she was 3. She has dual citizenship and is now based in Florida.
"People were talking about (me) being No. 1 if I win this tournament. I was able to accomplish that," Osaka said. "But the ranking was never my real goal. It was just to win this tournament." (AP)
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