Japan's Osaka beats Brady to win Australian Open

20 Février, 2021, 15:20 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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World No. 3 Naomi Osaka needed just two sets to defeat American Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open women's singles final on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park to capture her fourth Grand Slam title.

Osaka has a ideal 3-0 record in the finals of Majors, and starts as a heavy favorite to extend that against Brady. The feature of Williams-Osaka semifinal battle was the number of service breaks throughout the match. Brady can shift the spins and speeds on her serve and shots and will use her variation to unsettle the flatter-hitting Osaka. I think that's where you sort of set yourself apart.

For Jennifer Brady, her fairytale story at the hard court Major continues at the Australian Open as well after she was the first-time Grand Slam semifinalist at the US Open a year ago.

"When you see a larger picture for her and everything that who she is, what she stands for on and off the court, it's - I mean, she's one of the greatest ever. I think it was a pretty high-quality match from both of us".

She has yet to lose a Grand Slam match after reaching the quarter-final stage, but faces a different scenario on Saturday as the most experienced player. Osaka returns better; Brady is fitter and covers the court better. "I can't fully base everything on that match, but definitely it's something to reference".

"She's such an fantastic champion that inspires both male and female athletes around the world in what she has been doing, I mean, still is doing in her age, is extraordinary".

"I'm proud and honored to be playing at the same time she does and to see her greatness, experience her greatness is a thrill". "I was like, 'Wow, she hits the ball huge". She's going to be good.

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That was part of the six-game run that put Osaka ahead 4-0 in the second and she was on her way.

"We played in the semis of the US Open a couple of months ago and I told everyone that you're going to be a problem", Osaka told Brady at the trophy presentation.

"There are going to be moments, games, points where I'm going to be thinking. "Wow, this could be my first Grand Slam title".

"For her this is a bigger loss, because she is moving better, she is playing better and she is still not really close to Osaka".

"I used to weigh my entire existence on if I won or lost a tennis match", she said. "That's just not how I feel any more".

As she gears up for the final, Osaka can draw inspiration in abundance from her victory over Petra Kvitova in the 2019 Australian Open final, as she hopes to add another Australian Open crown to her trophy cabinet.

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