The former World No. 1 tennis star Naomi Osaka added one more feather to her hat as she clinched the grand tournament of China Open 2019 after defeating top-ranked Ashleigh Barty in the worth-watching finals. The two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi wrote her name on the grand victory after 110 minutes of action in chilly Beijing on Sunday. The Japanese veteran stunned the current World No. 1 opponent by 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 verdict.
Osaka started the game very aggressively as Barty was not giving her many chances to earn the crucial points in the first set. As a result, the 23-year-old wrapped up the first game without much fuss. After the first set defeat, frustrated Australian Open champ played brilliantly. She mounted a series of aces over the Australian professional and ended her clumsy game in the last two sets. Osaka came out with all guns blazing in the third set and the entire crowd of Beijing chanted for her win when she broke the injured player Barty to take the lead. With this outstanding win, Noami Osaka won the third prestigious title of 2019 and the fifth one in her short tennis career.
The 21-year-old young Japanese star expressed her feeling after winning the game, “basically I was telling myself to keep fighting even though my attitude was really trash. This is a final, I’m really privileged to be here in the first place, so keep fighting. I feel like I wasn’t that calm here. I really wanted to win here. I felt like I had something to prove”.
Apart from Naomi Osaka, it was a gleaming smile day for top-seeded Dominic Thiem also as in the men’s singles grand finale Thiem thrashed Stefanos Tsitsipa of Greece to clinch prestigious 2019 China Open title. The 26-year-old experienced Austrian star took one hour 19 minutes to topple the strong opponent by 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 scoreline.
Both Thiem and Tsitsipas went hard on each other at the beginning of the nail-biting match but it was the Austrian who grabbed the control in his hand by 3-2 lead and shined in the event as a title-winner also. Thiem took US $733,990 in prize money at home along with 500 ATP points with this impressive win against World no. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas.