MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka provided Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she travelled to a 6-4 6-3 win Saturday, to protect her 2nd Australian Open title and seal her standing as the brand-new queen of the females’s video game.
Osaka’s triumph over the 22nd-seeded American at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, provided the Japanese 3rd seed her 4th significant crown at the age of 23.
Fans expecting a repeat of the set’s gripping U.S. Open semi-final in 2015 were left dissatisfied as Brady froze in the spotlight of her very first Grand Slam last.
U.S. Open champ Osaka played some method except her finest tennis and signed up with Brady in adding to an ugly, error-strewn very first set. But she settled to clinch 6 straight video games, roaring to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd prior to serving out the match to enjoy.
A huge serve sealed it, triggering Brady to fire a forehand return long, and Osaka held her racket over her head and beamed in a downplayed event.
Osaka, who won the 2019 competition, used Brady warm congratulations and thanked the fans at the prize event.
“When we played in the semis of the U.S. Open, a number of months back, and I informed everybody that ‘Listen you’re going to be a problem’. And I was right,” stated Osaka, who will be world second when the rankings are upgraded.
“It feels really incredible for me. I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with fans so just to have this energy it really means a lot.”
On a cool and breezy night at Rod Laver Arena, Osaka heated up with 2 aces as she served out the opening video game to enjoy however the blazing start blew over in a stream of mistakes from both gamers.
Grappling with early nerves, Brady dropped serve after 2 double-faults however rapidly broke back when Osaka double-faulted to present a break point.
Brady breathed some life into the contest at 4-4, enticing Osaka in with a drop-shot, then rushing forward to obtain and lob her for break point.
Osaka cancelled it nervelessly with an imperious forehand winner introduced from the standard.
Brady kept offering Osaka presents from her racket.
Serving to remain in the set at 5-4, she double-faulted then slapped a wild forehand over the standard to spend set point.
Brady fired down a substantial serve that Osaka might just return brief, then actioned in to pound what ought to have been an easy forehand winner directly into the web.
The crowd groaned and Brady went to her chair ashen-faced.
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Osaka stepped up the pressure, breaking Brady once again after establishing the opportunity with a delicious crosscourt backhand winner. She charged on to a 4-0 lead prior to Brady belatedly conjured some resistance to break Osaka versus the circulation of play.
The American clawed back to 5-3 however bailed out as she began, smashing wild go back to permit Osaka to serve out the match.
Although it was a difficult very first Grand Slam last for Brady, she broke brand-new ground in an impressive pursue being among the 72 gamers not able to train throughout their two-week difficult quarantine in the lead-up to the competition in Australia.