Japanese tennis ace Naomi Osaka clinched her second Australian Open title and fourth Grand Slam overall with an easy win over American Jennifer Brady in the final. Osaka begun as the favorite due to her big-match experience and her reputation and the same was on show on Saturday as she strolled to victory over her opponent and never once, looked uncomfortable on the day of the final.
The 23-year-old Osaka now has four Grand Slams to her name with two apiece in both Australia and the USA. She hasn’t however, been able to get her hands on the trophy in Wimbledon or in the French Open, but if her recent form and the dominant way in which she won the Australian Open this year is anything to go by, those titles will be in her cabinet in no time as she is set for a long and fruitful career.
The match was won by Naomi Osaka with a score of 6-4, 6-3.
Naomi Osaka triumphs for the second time in Australia
The first set saw Osaka breaking early and racing to a 3-1 lead. However, her opponent broke immediately to level it at 3-3. Osaka then got another break to win the first set 6-4. In the second set, Osaka broke twice early and raced to a 4-0 lead leaving Brady with a mountain to climb.
Naomi Osaka started strong yet again by taking the first two games making it 2-0. She doubled down on this lead and made it 4-0. Although Brady displayed some late resistance to break once, Osaka’s two early breaks in the second set were enough to see out the set 6-3 and hence, the match in straight sets.
The win took the Japanese’s record in the Australian Open to 22-4. She now has a total of 53 wins at Grand Slams having lost just 14. Further, she has also on a 14-match win streak in Grand Slams at the moment.