Melbourne: Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight units to win the Australian Open in dominant model for her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday.
Osaka edged a decent first set however managed the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in entrance of hundreds of followers at Rod Laver Enviornment.
Third seed Osaka preserves her one hundred pc file in Grand Slam finals after successful the 2018 and 2020 US 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 advised Brady on the trophy presentation.
“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 turns into solely the third participant after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first 4 main finals, will now rise to second on this planet rankings.
Osaka, rated because the world’s top-earning feminine athlete, saved two match factors within the fourth spherical in opposition to Garbine Muguruza earlier than occurring to carry the trophy.
Osaka wore down fellow big-hitter Brady with consistency, and lifted her racquet above her face in a muted celebration of her win as the gang roared.
The sweeping win confirms Osaka’s standing as tennis’s main gentle having brushed apart Williams in straight units within the semi-finals.
She has received half the majors she’s contested since beating Williams to win her first Slam title.
Osaka has now claimed back-to-back Slams twice and he or she survived a seesaw begin to acquire management, reeling off six straight video games en path to the title.
It was a rematch of final yr’s epic US Open semi-final, dubbed by some as the perfect match of 2020, however Osaka triumphed much more comfortably on this event.
She confirmed no nerves initially, firing down two aces en path to a love maintain within the opening sport.
Earlier than the match, Osaka had pinpointed her return as the important thing, however she was helped out by a shaky Brady who misplaced her serve within the fourth sport after two double faults.
However Brady, the twenty second seed, hit again with a break and he or she continued to pile strain on Osaka’s serve.
A superb lob winner, showcasing her trademark athleticism, gave a pumped-up Brady a break level within the ninth sport, however Osaka held on.
Brady then performed a sloppy sport on serve at hand over the set to Osaka, who had a 20-0 file at Melbourne Park when successful the primary set.
Osaka gained a stranglehold with an early break within the second set and fired down an ace to skip out to a 3-0 lead, adopted by a roar of “C’mon!”.
Brady tried a late rally, however a relaxed Osaka was to not be denied.
Brady’s resilient run ended after serving 14 days’ onerous quarantine earlier than the event, not like different gamers who have been allowed out of their lodge rooms to coach.
Regardless of the defeat, Brady will rise to a career-high thirteenth within the WTA rankings.