AO Women's Final Preview: Naomi Osaka vs. Jen Brady

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"I have this mentality that people don't remember the runners-up", she said. Osaka defeated her in that match.

"She knows the experience of the past years. when her attitude is good, her mind is very clear what she needs to do", Fissette told reporters. Brady edged past Karolina Muchova 6-4 3-6 6-4 to book her maiden spot in the final of a Grand Slam tournament.

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". "I think I fight the hardest in the finals".

A swinging serve wide to the forehand goes out. "Once you become too comfortable, I think that's when you're in trouble", she said.

"When you see a larger picture for her and everything that who she is, what she stands for on and off the court, it's - I mean, she's one of the greatest ever".

Jennifer Brady knew early on that Naomi Osaka would be someone to reckon with someday. Osaka won when the duo locked horns in the US Open semifinal previous year.

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.


Brady was happily standing toe to toe, and had a big chance when she created two break points at 4-4. The US Open champion is undefeated in three Grand Slam finals and in fact has never lost a major match from the quarterfinals on. "That's just not how I feel any more".

"Maybe she was the more aggressive player today".

"I play a little bit different now", said Osaka, who is riding an unbeaten 20-match winning streak stretching 12 months. "I think it was a pretty high-quality match from both of us".

Unquestionably, Brady is a unsafe player who has the weapons to hold serve and pressure Osaka.

"There are going to be moments, games, points where I'm going to be thinking".

Naomi Osaka not only wants to win Grand Slams and hoist trophies but also hopes to be a role model in the way she carries herself on court, her coach Wim Fissette said on Friday.

Osaka has a ideal 3-0 record in the finals of Majors, and starts as a heavy favorite to extend that against Brady.

The 23 year-old, born in Japan and raised in America, clearly felt the pressure of being the strong favourite but brushed off a first set scare to assert her superior class with the easy power on her groundstrokes.

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