Thursday, December 9

Osaka reigns over Australia


  • The Japanese tennis player conquers her fourth Grand Slam by defeating the American Jennifer Brady (6-4, 6-3)

Two years after first winning the Australian Open, Naomi osaka He has once again inscribed his name in the Australian Grand Slam record by defeating the American in the final Jennifer brady by 6-4 and 6-3.

Osaka He has won his fourth major title in Melbourne after the two won at the United States Open (2018 and 2020) and the two in Australia (2019 and 2021), without losing any of the finals in which he has been present. The Japanese tennis player has imposed her dominance in the tournament, where only GarbiƱe Muguruza put it against the ropes with two ‘match balls’ in the quarterfinals.

Little reaction

Brady It seemed like it was going to complicate the final for Osaka in the first set when he has recovered a 4-1 against and has equaled the score at four games. With 4-4 and 30/40 against her serve, the Japanese had the most dangerous situation of the final. Osaka has pulled off a forehand cross winner to salvage the situation. And in 5-4, that Brady led 40/15 to equalize 5-5, the American tennis player has chained a backhand error, a double fault and two more rights off the court, to fit the ‘break’ and lose service in 41 minutes.

Brady has lost concentration and mentally collapsed in the second set, conceding a 4-0 start in just over 15 minutes. A whole mountain. The American, 25 world and university champion of her country, has managed to end the bloodletting by making a break in the next game and another blank to get closer 4-2. Still too much advantage for Osaka who has certified his victory in 1 hour and 17 minutes.

Osaka conquered her first Grand Slam in New York, at 18 years old, being an unknown and after suffering the wrath of Serena Williams who stopped the end of the game, fighting with the chair umpire, for a third warning that would end up costing him the defeat against the Japanese tennis player (6-2, 6-4). A year later Osaka would triumph for the first time in Australia, placing itself as world number 1.

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The pressure took its toll and its results stalled. The tennis player recalled a few days ago the defeat in the Federation Cup in the tie that Japan played against Spain in which Sara sorribes he infringed a surprising correction by winning it 6-0, 6-3. “That game made me react. I realized that my attitude on the court had to change. I valued my personal situation according to defeats or victories.”

Osaka now feels “stronger mentally. Before I used to have ups and downs, I doubted myself a lot. But seeing everything that is happening in the world, the pandemic, has made me see things in perspective,” said the Japanese tennis player that this Monday will jump to the world number 2 and ready to recover the number 1 that is still held, momentarily, by the Australian Ashleigh barty.


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