Women's final preview: Naomi Osaka v Jennifer Brady

  • Women's final preview: Naomi Osaka v Jennifer Brady

Women's final preview: Naomi Osaka v Jennifer Brady

Osaka has defeated three future Hall of Famers in her prior major finals-Serena, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka-knows the danger Brady poses and will not underestimate the American.

In a recent interview, Tommy Haas talked about the Japanese and also about other topics.

The number three seed became the first woman since Monica Seles to win all four of her initial Grand Slam finals when she downed the world number 24, 6-4 6-3, in 77 minutes.

Australian Open 2021 Women's Final Live Streaming: Jennifer Brady spent two weeks in hard quarantine gathering mental strength for her tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title and will hope there is plenty in reserve when she takes on Naomi Osaka in Saturday's Australian Open final.

I remember watching this entire match, and it was a very tight game, I think Maria had some chances, but Naomi won that match 6-4, 6-4. I think that's where you sort of set yourself apart.

"I'm proud and honored to be playing at the same time she does and to see her greatness, experience her greatness is a thrill".

During the pre-match coin toss, the silver women's trophy stood on a clear, plastic pedestal not far from Osaka on her side of the net.

"The winner's name is the one that's engraved", said third seed Osaka. That includes a championship at last year's US Open.

As well as her previous Grand Slam pedigree, Osaka holds a 20-match winning streak which goes back to early February past year.

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. If she got to 3-0, it could have been 4-0, then 5-0. The match popped with adrenalized rallies giving us a glimpse of a possible future rivalry-and now they meet again. "It really was just about making first serves, first ball after that", Brady said in NY. I mean, there is no doubt, athletes, not just tennis player.

"Maybe she was the more aggressive player today. I think about that match a lot".

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.

Unquestionably, Brady is a unsafe player who has the weapons to hold serve and pressure Osaka.

The trouble for Naomi Osaka at Grand Slam tournaments comes in Week 1.

The 23 year-old, born in Japan and raised in America, clearly felt the pressure of being the strong favourite but brushed off a first set scare to assert her superior class with the easy power on her groundstrokes.