World No.3 Naomi Osaka won her second Australian Open after a dominant 6-4 6-3 victory over Jennifer Brady.
Osaka and Brady traded breaks in the first eight games as neither player could gain momentum.
However, the 23-year-old Osaka would take over, taking advantage of a botched service game from Brady to win the opening set 6-4.
From there it was all Osaka, immediately breaking twice to win the first four games of the second set.
As Brady claimed one of the breaks, Osaka was unfazed, serving her to win her fourth Grand Slam title.
Brady praised Osaka’s efforts on and off the pitch following his victory.
“She’s such an inspiration to all of us and what she’s doing for the game is amazing and bringing awareness to the sport,” Brady said.
“I hope the young girls around the house are watching and being inspired by what she is doing.”
Considering the tremendous efforts of the Australian Open organizers and the state to ensure that 50% capacity could attend the final, Osaka was grateful to be able to add to its growing number of titles.
“I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with the fans, so just to have that energy, it really means a lot. Thank you so much for coming,” she said.
“Thank you for opening your hearts and arms to us. I feel like playing a Grand Slam right now is a great privilege and it’s something I won’t take for granted, so thank you for that. opportunity.”
Osaka v Brady results
Osaka’s victory put her in a special group of players, having won her first four Grand Slam finals. She joins Monica Seles and Roger Federer as the only three to do so in the era of the Open.
That adds to her 12-0 record as she qualifies for the last eight of a Grand Slam.
Osaka was gracious in her acceptance speech, congratulating Brady on his success.
Osaka beats Brady 6-4, 6-3
Brady keeps the pressure on, allowing Osaka to serve the game.
As it did for the majority of the game, Osaka would give Brady little hope of a comeback, serving him to win his fourth Grand Slam title
Not finished yet
Jennifer Brady refuses to stop, getting one of the breaks in Game 5.
Faced with elimination, Brady would go for the break, finding a way to break Osaka’s serve.
She would then hold her serve to stay in the game.
Osaka would rebound, withholding his serve to put the pressure on Brady. Osaka 6-4 5-2.
Not a lot of other words for that, this second set for Osaka was dominant.
She would break Brady again, taking a 4-0 lead in the set. Osaka 6-4 4-0.
Upcoming Osaka Cruises
Naomi Osaka continued her dominance in the second set.
Osaka’s ruthless instincts were fully visible as she broke early in the set.
She would consolidate to win the first three games of the set. Osaka 6-4 3-0.
Osaka snatches the first set
After a round trip, Naomi Osaka won the first set 6-4.
Although the set appears to be heading for a tiebreaker, Osaka would take advantage of a lucky break to earn a set point.
This allowed her to win the first set in 45 minutes, putting her one set from a fourth Grand Slam title.
Osaka and Brady negotiate
Normalcy resumed after the two breaks, with Osaka and Brady’s trading services maintained.
While Osaka’s was conventional, Brady was forced to salvage a breakpoint opportunity as both players struggled to throw their ball into the wind.
She would eventually hold on, supported by a significant improvement in her first serve percentage.
Osaka would then return the favor, saving up a chance to keep the game serving 5-4 Osaka.
Brady is fighting
Jennifer Brady refuses to back down, immediately resuming the break.
Despite Osaka’s confidence, Brady won the world number 3, forcing a backhand error to put the game back to service.
She would consolidate the break to tie the game. 3-3
Osaka draws its first blood
Naomi Osaka would take the first break of the set, taking a 3-1 lead.
Brady’s struggles on serve continued, failing to find a first serve when she needed it as she lost all four points. 3 * -1 Osaka
Brady is recovering from fear
Jennifer Brady showed signs of nervousness in her first service game,
Despite winning the first three points, Brady would have a hard time closing it, allowing Osaka to put pressure on him and pass him.
Brady would end up shutting it down to level the scores, Osaka following and holding the serve 2 to 1 * Osaka.
Osaka for a perfect start
Naomi Osaka showed no signs of nervousness at first.
Osaka won the toss and played his first serve game, giving Brady little. 1-0 Osaka.
Half crowd full of noise
Having suffered in lockdown, Melbourne came out to play for the final, with perfect conditions awaiting them.
Victoria government laws dictate that the Rod Laver Arena must be half full for the men’s and women’s finals after a recent COVID outbreak.
Regardless, the crowd was full of noise when they were introduced, Osaka seemingly the little crowd favorite.