Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title this Saturday, beating American Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final, which took place in Melbourne Park.
With the support of more than seven thousand people, about 50% of the capacity of the Rod Laver Arena, the number three in the world beat Brady in just one hour and 17 minutes in two sets, finishing 24th in the WTA rankings. through the 6-4 and 6-3 partials, which extends the advantage in direct confrontation (3-1).
In the first game, the two players began studying opposing strategy and in the fourth game Osaka reached the break (3-1), which the American immediately returned in the next game (3-2) and recovered from disadvantage and equality.
In a duel that had been balanced until then, in which Brady’s left punch came as a surprise and the Japanese rose from time to time, Naomi Osaka had a target in the 10th game and did not miss the opportunity to close 6: 4 in 41 minutes.
In the second set, the 23-year-old Japanese began interrupting her opponent’s service, playing her first grand final, repeating the break in the fourth game, and counting six games in a row to get to the top with an advantage of 4 bring -0 on the scoreboard.
Although Jennifer Brady recovered from one of the two breaks and confirmed her service game (4: 2), Naomi Osaka did not move and confirmed her supremacy with a 6: 3 in the second part and thus won the fourth title of the Grand Grand Slam in the triumphs the US Open (2018 and 2020) and the Australian Open (2019).
With the trophy won this Saturday, the young Japanese woman was the third tennis player in the Open Era (since 1968) between women and men to win the first four controversial finals of a major, behind only Roger Federer (seven) and Monica Seles (six) .
Thanks to her 21st win in a row (14th in the Grand Slam), the Japanese will move up to second place in the WTA rankings behind Australian Ashleigh Barty, while Jennifer Brady will move up to 13th place.