Naomi Osaka vs. Jennifer Brady in Australian Open final preview

Cheryl Sanders
February 20, 2021

In a recent interview, Tommy Haas talked about the Japanese and also about other topics. "I think it was just super high quality throughout", the world No.3 said of that US Open bout.

"Regardless of all the success that she had, you know, I know that when you lose a big match you're frustrated".

"For me, it's not really surprising at all to see her in another semi or another final".

Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Jennifer Brady in the women's singles final at the Australian Open.

"She was a bit unlucky and I think she has taken a step in the right direction". Brady grew up tossing the football around with her father, Pat Brad, a former QB, has a natural service motion and can use the kick serve wide on both sides to set up her first-strike forehand.

And we were like saying: Wow, this girl is really really good, I think she has a chance of getting far here.

"I remember playing her in this tournament, it may have been like a lower-level challenger event". Brady made heavy weather beating a profligate Muchova, needing five match points to finish it, while Osaka crushed Serena Williams in two sets and sealed victory on the first match point. "You might, but the winner's name is the one that's engraved", Osaka told the media in Melbourne.

Tennis icon Mats Wilander has hosed down concerns that Serena Williams' outpouring of emotion following her Australian Open exit was due to an impending retirement.

Two pure ball-strikers and bold shotmakers collaborated in a pulsating US Open semifinal.

On Saturday, the final was locked at 4-4, when Brady used an on-the-run lob victor that she punctuated by waving her arms to request more noise from the crowd. "She's got something special". The US Open champion is undefeated in three Grand Slam finals and in fact has never lost a major match from the quarterfinals on.

She has yet to lose a Grand Slam match after reaching the quarter-final stage, but faces a different scenario on Saturday as the most experienced player.

"I think the thing that I'm most proud of is now how mentally strong I've become", Osaka said. But I think the quarantine process and seeing everything that's going on in the world, for me it put a lot into perspective.

Naomi Osaka not only wants to win Grand Slams and hoist trophies but also hopes to be a role model in the way she carries herself on court, her coach Wim Fissette said on Friday.

Osaka's demolition of Williams in the semi-final on Thursday ended the 39-year-old's latest attempt to win an elusive record-equalling 24th Slam title and reinforced the belief that a new generation is taking over from the American.

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