Naomi Osaka Wins Breakthrough Of The Year Award

Naomi Osaka wins Breakthrough of the Year Award

Tennis star Naomi Osaka's soaring success in 2018 has been rewarded with the Breakthrough of the Year prize at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Winners of the prestigious awards were announced in Monaco on Monday. Osaka is the first Japanese to be honored since the Laureus awards began in 2000.

Osaka's breakthrough season saw her beat Serena Williams to claim her first Grand Slam title at the US Open last September.

Osaka went on to win another Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in January. She now stands at the top of the women's singles world rankings.