Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight units to win the Australian Open in dominant type for her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday.
Osaka edged a good 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 100% report in Grand Slam finals after successful the 2018 and 2020 US Opens and the 2019 title in Melbourne.
“We performed within the semis of the US Open a few months in the past and I advised everybody that you will be an issue,” Osaka advised Brady on the trophy presentation.
“And I used to be proper. It’s actually unimaginable to me to see your development over the previous few months, it is actually 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 towards Garbine Muguruza earlier than happening 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 group 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 she or he survived a seesaw begin to achieve management, reeling off six straight video games en path to the title.
It was a rematch of final 12 months’s epic US Open semi-final, dubbed by some as the very best match of 2020, however Osaka triumphed way 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 she or he continued to pile strain on Osaka’s serve.
An excellent 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 report 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’ arduous quarantine earlier than the match, in contrast to different gamers who had been allowed out of their resort rooms to coach.
Regardless of the defeat, Brady will rise to a career-high thirteenth within the WTA rankings.