Australian Open women's singles final Naomi Osaka vs Jennifer Brady live blog

Naomi Osaka serves to Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final in Melbourne

"I don't think there is anyone that I would compare her to that I have played, not that I can think of", Brady said.

Shotmakers with a shared skill for the kill shot square off in the Australian Open final.

Osaka is hot favourite against Brady, who is making her Grand Slam final debut after being forced into a hard 14-day quarantine ahead of the Australian Open, where she was confined to her hotel room and unable to train.

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It follows their glorious US Open semifinal from 2020, a match widely acclaimed as the best women's contest of the year and one which Osaka's declared as "probably in the top two matches I've played in my life".

He added: "But I think when you see a larger picture for her and everything that who she is, what she stands for on and off the court. she's one of the greatest ever. athletes, not just tennis player".

Brady, who "didn't really like" tennis a youngster but rekindled her love for the sport at college, has revelled in self-belief since her breakthrough in NY, but admitted the cauldron of a Slam final will be a new experience.

The pair first clashed as juniors in Florida seven years ago when Brady won.

"I don't know how I'm going to feel on Saturday", she said.

"I remember playing her in this tournament, it may have been like a lower-level challenger event".

"I remember playing her, I was, like, "Wow, she hits the ball huge. I mean, I was, like, Okay, she's got something special".

The first-time finalist owns two major weapons that can help her control the center of the court: her heavy serve and twisting topspin forehand. Brady has held serve almost as effectively as Osaka (.855 to.867) throughout this tournament. Some of the shots she was hitting, how flat inside-out forehands and backhands, and her mentality of just being aggressive, and her movement, and especially her serve. The American's first-serve percentage will be critical to her success as Osaka can get streaky on return.

Jennifer Brady knew early on that Naomi Osaka would be someone to reckon with someday.

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She starts the same way as before. Osaka, the No. 3 seed, is favored over No. 22 seed Brady but the matchup should be a showcase of power and finesse. The US Open champion is undefeated in three Grand Slam finals and in fact has never lost a major match from the quarterfinals on.

"The winner's name is the one that's engraved", said third seed Osaka.

And we were like saying: Wow, this girl is really really good, I think she has a chance of getting far here. It's the other person won as many matches as you did. "It's like the biggest fight".

Brady then played a sloppy game on serve to hand over the set to Osaka, who had a 20-0 record at Melbourne Park when winning the first set. Monica Seles, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Li Na, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki have all won the AO after saving a match point.



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