Naomi Osaka routs American Jennifer Brady to win Australian Open

Before COVID-19 shut down tennis nearly a year ago, Naomi Osaka was merely one of several young stars in women’s tennis who went into Grand Slams thinking they had a chance to win. But after a second Australian Open title on Saturday and fourth Grand Slam, there’s no doubt anymore about the dominant force in the women’s game. 

Osaka’s 6-4, 6-3 victory over American Jennifer Brady in the final was her 21st consecutive win dating to last February and has nudged her ahead of every active women’s player aside from Serena and Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters in the Grand Slam count. 

It also showed why she’s 4-0 in Grand Slam finals with a well-earned reputation for raising her game in big matches. 

Naomi Osaka reacts after winning a point against Jennifer Brady on the way to her fourth career Grand Slam title.

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Brady, playing in her first Slam final, grabbed some momentum at 4-4 in the first set and earned a break point with a lob winner that would have given her a chance to serve out the first set. But once Osaka erased that, she never looked back, breaking Brady to win the set and then rolling through the second with merely a hint of drama.

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