Work ethic, talent and a fierce competitive spirit must all come together to lift a Grand Slam trophy. At Australian Open 2019, Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova have showcased those qualities at their best.
Already those traits have delivered each woman with major silverware – Osaka only recently as the 2018 US Open champion; Kvitova winning Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014.
But as they prepare to meet in Saturday’s final, Osaka and Kvitova appreciate that competing for the AO2019 title is in a class of its own.
Victory will not only ensure a deliver a first Australian Open title, but a rise to world no.1.
Osaka potentially enters rarified territory as one of the few women to immediately back up her major maiden with another Slam; Jennifer Capriati last achieved that feat in 2001.
Clearly, the No.4 seed understands the high stakes.