Osaka dominates Brady to win Australian Open

Afp, Melbourne

21 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Osaka dominates Brady to win Australian Open

Japan tennis star Naomi Osaka lifts the trophy of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday. –AFP photo

Japan's Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open and underline her growing hold on women's tennis on Saturday.

Osaka edged a tight first set but controlled the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of 7,381 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.

The reigning US Open champion, who beat her idol Serena Williams in the Melbourne semi-finals, has now won two of the last three Grand Slams as her status and reputation soars.

"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.

"And I was right. It's really incredible to me to see your growth over the past few months, it's really cool for me to see."

Osaka, 23, is only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, and will now rise to second in the world rankings.

She saved two match points in the fourth round against Garbine Muguruza and swept past Williams in straight sets in the semis. Osaka said she's living her "dreams" Saturday after defeating Brady to win the Australian Open, adding that she'll celebrate with anime and pizza.

"I'm really just living my dreams," she told Channel Nine.

"I'm always shaking a little bit (at the end). Thank God I had three match points."

But after her triumph, Osaka planned a low-key celebration.

"I'm probably going to watch some anime... maybe (eat) pizza... and go to sleep," she said.