Dan Wolken, USA TODAY
Published 5: 04 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2021 | Updated 5: 15 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2021
Prior to COVID-19 shut down tennis nearly a twelve months within the past, Naomi Osaka used to be merely one of several young stars in females’s tennis who went into Big Slams pondering that they had a chance to win. However after a 2nd Australian Originate title on Saturday and fourth Big Slam, there’s absolute self belief anymore in regards to the dominant force within the females’s game.
Osaka’s 6-4, 6-3 victory over American Jennifer Brady within the final used to be her 21st consecutive win dating to last February and has nudged her before every packed with life females’s player besides Serena and Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters within the Big Slam depend.
It also showed why she’s 4-0 in Big Slam finals with a wisely-earned recognition for elevating her game in enormous fits.
Brady, playing in her first Slam final, grabbed some momentum at 4-4 within the first residing and earned a shatter point with a lob winner that can have given her a chance to succor out the first residing. However as soon as Osaka erased that, she by no come regarded succor, breaking Brady to win the residing and then rolling during the 2nd with merely a hint of drama.
After powering to a 4-0 lead within the 2nd by teeing off on mighty ground strokes, Osaka used to be broken to give Brady some existence. However she locked things down rapid on succor, guaranteeing Brady couldn’t mount a 2nd-residing rally no matter playing better tennis toward the dwell of the match.
It wasn’t even end to a reprisal of their thrilling match within the U.S. Originate semifinals, which Osaka obtained 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.
Brady, who has been one of basically the most up to date gamers in females’s tennis since getting again from the COVID-19 dwell, struggled to assemble first serves the total match. That allowed Osaka to obtain depth on the 2nd succor return, speeding Brady into errors, and in most cases play some distance from Brady’s enormous forehand.
With her 2nd Australian Originate to match her two U.S. Opens, the next wretchedness for Osaka will be transferring her uncover of laborious courts to rather a range of surfaces. She hasn’t been past the third spherical on the French Originate or Wimbledon in a blended seven appearances at those tournaments.