Naomi Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final on Sunday to win her second title at Melbourne Park and the fourth Major of her career.
Little separated the two players in the opening set. Osaka started the set strongly and held her serves easily even as Brady’s error count made it difficult for her to do likewise. The first break of the set came in favour of Osaka as she brought up three break points on Brady’s serve in the fourth game. Osaka got the break but while trying to consolidate the break to go up 4-1, her serve came under pressure. She saved the first break point she faced but a second promptly manifested after she hit a double fault of her own. An unforced error then secured the break back for Brady.
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The American’s serve was pushed once again in the sixth game of the set but the 22nd seed vindicated herself, in the end, to keep the set on serve at three-all. In the ninth game of the set, Brady had a break point to serve for the set but Osaka squashed it with some powerful serving to keep herself ahead in the set. In the 10th game, while serving to stay in the set, Osaka pegged back Brady who had two game points to deuce. Osaka’s return right on the line on the right baseline brought an error from Brady’s forehand to set up a set point. A second unforced error in the next point off the American’s forehand gave the world no. 3 the first set.
The second set moved along quite quickly as compared to the opener. Brady’s game had tightened and she quickly went down two breaks of serve to trail Osaka, 0-4. The world no. 24, however, gave no outward sign of worry as she continued to play her aggressive game without getting overwhelmed by the occasion. In the fifth game, Brady’s attempts to match up to Osaka’s tempo finally gave her the opening she needed. With Osaka’s serve faltering in the game, Brady got one of the two breaks back to put herself on the board 4-1. Consolidation in the next game helped her to reduce the deficit to just one break of serve.
Brady’s efforts, however, came a little too late as Osaka clinched the title on the first of three championship points in the ninth game of the second set. The Japanese hit 16 winners to Brady’s 15 and had 24 unforced errors to the American’s 31. With this win, Naomi Osaka also extended her match-winning streak to 21. This is also the 23-year-old’s seventh career title.
The world no. 3 won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 against the USand#039; Jennifer Brady