The Japanese Naomi Osaka, 3rd player in the world, won the Australian Open this Saturday by beating the American Jennifer Brady (24th) in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, thus winning at 23 a fourth Grand title. Slam in as many finals.
Osaka, after a small slump in the second part of the first set, stifled Brady’s resistance. The former world No. 1, winner of the 2018 and 2020 US Open as well as the 2019 Australian Open, will regain second place on Monday, while the American will climb to 13th place, her best ranking.
Naomi Osaka, after a small slump in the second part of the first set, stifled Brady’s resistance. Without playing her best tennis, the Japanese was on top. While their previous meeting, in the semifinals of the last US Open, had resulted in a very close match, won by the Japanese 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, this Saturday’s final was one-sided. . Having taken control from the start, with a break that allowed them to break away 3-1, Osaka then dropped a bit and left the gripping Brady to come back to 3-3 and engage in a standoff. The American even had one break point to lead 5-4, but failed to conclude. And it was she who gave up the round on two big unforced errors. Osaka then took the game for good, coming off 4-0. Brady did not give up and managed to redo one of his two late breaks, but nothing to destabilize Osaka who was never worried.
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