The Australian Open has, for years now, been the scene of thrilling breakthroughs and the making of stars in the women’s game.
It’s where Martina Hingis won her first Grand Slam title in 1997, aged just 16. It’s where a teenaged Amelie Mauresmo announced herself to the world with a run to the final in 1999. And in more recent years, it was where a trio of 19-year-olds – Sloane Stephens, Eugenie Bouchard and Madison Keys – made exciting runs to the semifinals in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.
This year, Naomi Osaka was the latest young champion, improving in a big way on her fourth-round run in 2018 by going all the way to the title.