Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open in dominant design for her 4th Grand Slam title on Saturday.
Osaka edged a tight very first set however managed the 2nd to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of countless fans at Rod Laver Arena.
Australian Open 2021, females’s last as it took place: Naomi Osaka wins her 4th Major in design
Third seed Osaka protects her one hundred percent record in Grand Slam finals after winning the 2018 and 2020 United States Opens and the 2019 title in Melbourne.
“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 informed Brady at the prize discussion. “And I was right. It’s really incredible to me to see your growth over the past few months, it’s really cool for me to see.”
The 23-year-old, who ends up being just the 3rd gamer after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their very first 4 significant finals, will now increase to 2nd worldwide rankings.
Osaka, ranked as the world’s top-earning female professional athlete, conserved 2 match points in the 4th round versus Garbine Muguruza prior to going on to raise the prize.
Osaka used down fellow big-hitter Brady with consistency, and raised her racquet above her face in a soft event of her win as the crowd roared.
The sweeping win validates Osaka’s status as tennis’s leading light having actually dismissed Williams in straight sets in the semi-finals.
She has actually won half the majors she’s objected to because whipping Williams to win her very first Slam title.
Osaka has actually now declared back-to-back Slams two times and she endured a seesaw start to acquire control, rattling 6 straight video games en path to the title.
It was a rematch of in 2015’s legendary United States Open semi-final, called by some as the very best match of 2020, however Osaka thrived much more easily on this celebration.
She revealed no nerves at the start, shooting down 2 aces en path to a love hold in the opening video game.
Before the match, Osaka had actually identified her return as the secret, however she was assisted by an unsteady Brady who lost her serve in the 4th video game after 2 double faults.
But Brady, the 22nd seed, countered with a break and she continued to stack pressure on Osaka’s serve.
A dazzling lob winner, showcasing her hallmark athleticism, offered a pumped-up Brady a break point in the ninth video game, however Osaka hung on.
Brady then played a careless video game on serve to turn over the set to Osaka, who had a 20-0 record at Melbourne Park when winning the very first set.
Osaka got a stranglehold with an early break in the 2nd set and fired down an ace to avoid out to a 3-0 lead, followed by a holler of “C’mon!”.
Brady tried a late rally, however a calm Osaka was not to be rejected. Brady’s durable run ended after serving 2 week’ tough quarantine prior to the competition, unlike other gamers who were enabled out of their hotel spaces to train.
Despite the defeat, Brady will increase to a career-high 13th in the WTA rankings.
(With inputs from AFP)