Australian Open women's singles final Naomi Osaka vs Jennifer Brady live blog

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 20, 2021

After defeating Serena Williams in a masterful semifinal performance, Osaka was forced to preview a final without knowing her opponent.

In a recent interview, Tommy Haas talked about the Japanese and also about other topics. I think physically she trusts her movement, she trust her strokes, so I would give the edge over Jen Brady. She's gonna be good.

Third seed Osaka preserves her 100 percent record in Grand Slam finals after winning the 2018 and 2020 US Opens and the 2019 title in Melbourne.

Naomi Osaka says a belief "people don't remember the runners-up" will fuel her bid for a fourth major title when she faces American Jennifer Brady in Saturday's Australian Open final. Some of the shots she was hitting, how flat inside-out forehands and backhands, and her mentality of just being aggressive, and her movement, and especially her serve.

"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". In her first ever Grand Slam final, there is no doubt that Brady will feel the goosebumps of the occasion's enormity once she steps onto the courts on Saturday, but if she is able to manage her nerves and continues to play her free-flowing brand of tennis, the American might have a realistic chance of upsetting Osaka.

Jennifer Brady knew early on that Naomi Osaka would be someone to reckon with someday.

Two pure ball-strikers and bold shotmakers collaborated in a pulsating US Open semifinal.

Brady then played a sloppy game on serve to hand over the set to Osaka, who had a 20-0 record at Melbourne Park when winning the first set.

Break point, second serve. "I mean, I was, like, Okay, she's got something special". Those two breaks were enough for the three-time Grand Slam champion to close out the opening set 6-3. The match popped with adrenalized rallies giving us a glimpse of a possible future rivalry-and now they meet again. She played, you know, cleaner at times.

Unquestionably, Brady is a unsafe player who has the weapons to hold serve and pressure Osaka. But I think the quarantine process and seeing everything that's going on in the world, for me it put a lot into perspective.

Osaka is the more experienced and explosive player.

Osaka has a flawless 3-0 record in the finals of Majors, and starts as a heavy favorite to extend that against Brady.

She has now won four of the last six Grand Slam events staged on hard courts, even if repeating that dominance on clay and grass has proved much more elusive.

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