World No. 3 Naomi Osaka claimed her second Australian Open after a dominant 6-4 6-3 victory over Jennifer Brady.
Osaka and Brady traded service breaks in the first eight games as neither player was able to gain momentum.
However, the 23-year-old Osaka would take over, taking advantage of Brady’s sloppy service game to take the first set 6-4.
From here, it was all Osaka, immediately breaking twice to take the first four games of the second set.
While Brady would claim one of the breaks, Osaka was unfazed, serving to claim his fourth Grand Slam title.
Brady praised Osaka’s efforts both on and off the court after his victory.
“She is a huge inspiration to all of us and what she is doing for the game is amazing and spreading the word about the sport,” Brady said.
“I hope the young girls at home are watching and are inspired by what he is doing.”
Given the great effort that the Australian Open organizers and the state had put into ensuring that 50 percent of the capacity could make it to the final, Osaka was grateful to add to its growing number of titles.
“I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with the fans, so just having this energy really means a lot. Thank you so much for coming,” he said.
“Thank you for opening your hearts and arms to us. I feel that playing a Grand Slam at this time is a super privilege and something I will not take for granted, so thank you for this opportunity.”
Osaka v Brady Results
Osaka’s victory has placed her in a special group of players, having won her first four Grand Slam finals. He joins Monica Seles and Roger Federer as the only three to do so in the Open era.
He adds to his 12-0 record when he enters the last eight of a grand slam.
Osaka was gracious in her acceptance speech, congratulating Brady on his success.
Osaka defeats Brady 6-4, 6-3
Brady keeps up the pressure and makes Osaka serve the game.
As she has for most of the match, Osaka would give Brady little hope of a comeback, serving her to win her fourth Grand Slam title.
Not done yet
Jennifer Brady refuses to quit, making up one of the breaks in the fifth game.
Heading into elimination, Brady would go all out, finding a way to break Osaka’s serve.
Then he would keep his serve to stay in the game.
Osaka was on the mend, keeping up his serve to put pressure on Brady again. Osaka 6-4 5-2.
There aren’t many other words for it, this second set for Osaka has been dominant.
He would once again break Brady, taking a 4-0 lead in the set. Osaka 6-4 4-0.
Osaka cruises ahead
Naomi Osaka has continued her dominance in the second set.
Osaka’s ruthless instincts were on full display when she broke down early in the set.
It would consolidate to take the first three games of the set. Osaka 6-4 3-0.
Osaka snatches the first set
After a back and forth set, Naomi Osaka would take the first set 6-4.
Even though it looked like the set was headed for a tiebreaker, Osaka would take advantage of a stroke of luck to win a set point.
This allowed her to take the first set in 45 minutes, putting her within one set of a fourth Grand Slam title.
Osaka and Brady trade remains
Normalcy resumed after the two breaks, with Osaka and Brady’s exchange service.
While Osaka’s was conventional, Brady was forced to save a break point opportunity as both players wrestled with their ball tossed into the wind.
Eventually it would hold, backed by a significant improvement in its first serve percentage.
Osaka would then return the favor, saving a chance to keep the game up and running. 5-4 Osaka.
Brady fights back
Jennifer Brady refuses to back down, immediately taking the break.
Despite Osaka’s confidence, Brady took him to World No. 3, forcing a backhand error to get the game back in service.
It would consolidate the rupture to equalize the game. 3-3
Osaka draws the first blood
Naomi Osaka would take the first break of the set, rushing to a 3-1 lead.
Brady’s struggles on serve continued, without finding a first serve when he needed it as he lost all four points. 3 * -1 Osaka
Brady recovers from scare
Jennifer Brady showed signs of nerves in her opening service game,
Despite winning the first three points, Brady would have a hard time closing it, allowing Osaka to apply pressure and double it.
Brady would eventually shut it down to level the scores, with Osaka following and maintaining serve. 2- 1 * Osaka.
Osaka is off to a perfect start
Naomi Osaka has shown no signs of nervousness at first.
Osaka won the coin toss and ran through his first service game, hitting Brady little. Osaka 1-0.
Middle crowd full of noise
Having suffered locked up, Melbourne came out to play the final, with perfect conditions waiting for both of them.
Victorian government laws dictate that Rod Laver Arena must be half full for the men’s and women’s finals after a recent COVID outbreak.
Regardless, the crowd has been buzzing when they were introduced, with Osaka seemingly the crowd favorite.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.