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

Elias Hubbard
February 20, 2021

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. She has learned to demand a lot of herself but also forgive her missteps, freeing her to fight off two match points in the round of 16 against Garbine Muguruza and to beat Williams in the semifinals at the legend's own power-centric game. For me, it's not really surprising at all to see her in another semis or another finals...

While Osaka, a three-time major champion and superstar of the sport, faces a Grand Slam final debutant, this is hardly a one-sided match-up.

Where is Aus Open women's final between Brady and Osaka? I think physically she trusts her movement, she trust her strokes, so I would give the edge over Jen Brady. That includes a championship at last year's US Open.

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 previous year.

This was a big step up in competition during this tournament for Brady, who had not faced anyone ranked in the top 25 nor anyone who previously appeared in so much as one Grand Slam semifinal.

Before the match, Osaka had pinpointed her return as the key, but she was helped out by a shaky Brady who lost her serve in the fourth game after two double faults. Osaka has defeated three future Hall of Famers in her prior major finals-Serena, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka-knows the danger Brady poses and will not underestimate the American.

It was cooler than it's been in Melbourne recently, with the temperature down below 20 degrees celsius and a breeze that made serve tosses hard for both players, who would catch the ball instead of hit it and say, "Sorry!"

Fissette said Osaka had opened up about her disappointment in Australia after the loss in Spain and had continued to be frank about her feelings and nerves ever since.

A brilliant lob victor, showcasing her trademark athleticism, gave a pumped-up Brady a break point in the ninth game, but Osaka held on. "She just puts a lot of pressure on you to serve well, because she's holding serve in, like, 45 seconds". Osaka made an especially strong impression on Brady in one event. If she got to 3-0, it could have been 4-0, then 5-0.

As well as her previous Grand Slam pedigree, Osaka holds a 20-match winning streak which goes back to early February past year.

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