Naomi Osaka Japan has defeated the 22nd-seeded Jennifer Brady, winning her fourth major crown at the age of 23.
In fact, Naomi Osaka has given Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win to secure her second Australian Open title and cement her standing as the new queen of the game.
With the victory on Saturday over the 22nd-seeded American at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena, Osaka has now won her fourth major crown at the age of 23.
Many fans who had hoped for a repeat of the pair’s engrossing US Open semi-final last year were left disappointed as Brady froze in the spotlight of her first Grand Slam final.
Osaka, who is the US Open champion played some way short of her best tennis and joined Brady in contributing to a dour, error-strewn first set.
However, she was able to settle and clinch six straight games, roaring to a 4-0 lead in the second before serving out the match to love.
A big serve sealed it, causing Brady to fire a forehand return long, and Osaka held her racket over her head and beamed in an understated celebration.
Osaka, who won the 2019 tournament, offered Brady warm congratulations and thanked the fans at the trophy ceremony.
“When we played in the semis of the US Open a couple of months ago, and I told everyone that ‘Listen you’re going to be a problem’. And I was right,” said Osaka, who will be world number two when the rankings are updated.
“It feels really incredible for me. I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with fans so just to have this energy it really means a lot.”
“First I would like to congratulate Naomi on another Grand Slam title,” said the 25-year-old.
“She’s such an inspiration to us all and what she’s doing for the game is amazing and getting the sport out there and I hope young girls at home are watching and are inspired by what she’s doing.,