Naomi Osaka has put to rest any doubt that she is the dominant force in women’s tennis, winning the Australian Open final over American Jennifer Brady on Saturday night 6-4, 6-3 to claim her fourth grand slam.
The Japanese star now has two Australian Open titles and two US Open trophies, making her the 15th woman to win four or more grand slams in the open era despite only being 23-years-old.
Naomi Osaka is all smiles after her win in the women’s final on Saturday night. Credit:Getty Images
Osaka overcame a nervy start for both players – who hit more errors than usual and struggled with their ball toss on a blustery Rod Laver Arena – with the No.3 seed trouncing her opponent with a 4-0 lead early in the second set to run away with the win.
By taking the 2021 Australian Open title it means Osaka has won four of the last nine grand slams on offer. No player has won multiple women’s grand slam titles in that time and she has never lost a grand slam final.
Only Roger Federer and Monica Seles have won the first four major finals of their careers.
Brady looked OK early in the first set but her errors and poor first serve cost her, handing Osaka the set with a volley into the net that she should not have missed.
She fought back after going 4-0 down in the second set to break back once, but Osaka remained in control of the match to serve it out.
Ultimately the No.22 seed failed to re-produce the performance that pushed Osaka to three sets in their classic US Open semi-final only months ago.
The world No.3 faced an extremely tricky draw to get to the Australian Open final which included Caroline Garcia, Ons Jabeur, Garbine Muguruza, Serena Williams and Hsieh Su-wei.
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