23-year old Naomi Osaka gave first-timer Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win to claim her second Australian Open title on Saturday. She has now cemented her standing as the new queen of the women’s game.
Osaka won her fourth title in her past eight appearances at a Slam, emerging from what initially was a tight Australian Open final and pulling away by grabbing six consecutive games to beat Jennifer Brady.
3rd seed Osaka played some way short of her best tennis initially but it was more than enough as she clinched six straight games to take the first set and stormed to a 4-0 lead in the second.
“I feel like playing a Grand Slam is a super privilege right now” : Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka is now 4-0 in the grand slam finals. At 23, she won 2 US Open and 2 Australian Open titles. In her winner’s speech, Osaka went on to praise Brady.
“Hi firstly I want to congratulate…. do you like to be called jenny or Jennifer. Okay firstly I want to congratulate Jennifer,” she started.
She continued, “We played in the semis of the US Open a couple months ago and I told everyone that you’re[Brady] going to be a problem and I was right. It’s really incredible for me it’s really hard to play you and to see your growth over the past few months is really cool for me to see.”
“I know that you’re probably working very hard so I want to congratulate your team over there as well. I know for me, my team’s like my family so I’m sure you guys have a lot of really cool adventures together so congratulations to you guys as well,” she added.
“I know you talked about your mom so I’m sure she’s really proud of you and I for sure know that everyone your friends and your family are definitely very proud of you and I think we’re gonna play a lot more matches so cheers to that,” the champion said.
She went on to thank her team and the fans who came to support her.
“I’d like to thank my team. I’ve been with them too long [for] a month and some change we’ve been through quarantine together and for me they’re like my family. They’re the ones with me through my training through my matches through my nervous talks before my matches and I’m really appreciative towards them,” she further added.
“I want to thank you guys[fans]. Thank you for coming and watching. I didn’t play my last grand slam with fans so just to have this energy it really means a lot. Thank you so much for coming, for opening your hearts and your arms towards us,” she added.
“I feel like playing a grand slam right now is a super privilege and it’s something that I won’t take for granted. So thank you for this opportunity, thank you to the ball kids, the volunteers Craig Tiley, the tournament director everyone for making this tournament possible and hopefully we’ll be back next year. So Thank you guys so much!” she concluded.