After defeating Sarena Willams in the semi-final Naomi Osaka has defeated Jennifer Brady in finals to win the Australian Open in a dominant style. It is her fourth Grand Slam title. Osaka edged a tight first set but controlled the majority of the match afterwards and won 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousand fans at Rod Laver Arena.
Third seed Osaka preserves her 100 percent record in Grand Slam finals after winning the 2018 and 2020 US Opens and the 2019 title in Melbourne. “We played in the semis of the US Open a couple of months ago and I told everyone that you’re going to be a problem,” Osaka told Brady at the trophy presentation.
The 23-year-old, who becomes only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, will now rise to second in the world rankings.
She has won half the majors she’s contested since beating Williams to win her first grand Slam title.
Osaka has now claimed back-to-back Slams twice and she survived a seesaw start to gain control, reeling off six straight games en route to the title.
Despite the defeat, Brady will rise to a career-high 13th in the WTA rankings.