AUSTRALIA: Japan’s tennis player Naomi Osaka became the first singles grand slam champion in 2021 after beating Jennifer Brady on Saturday. With this win, Naomi has climbed a ranking up from being third to second after winning the first four major finals. Osaka is now the fourth active woman to win at least four majors, joining Serena Williams (23), Venus Williams (7), and Kim Clijsters (4), who recently made a second comeback to the tour.
“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 ceremony. “And I was right. It’s really incredible for me to see your growth over the past few months, it’s really cool for me to see,” she added.
Osaka has succeeded in winning two slams back to back. She also managed to procure half of the majors she contested in after beating Williams.
Osaka’s lesson to the 22nd seed, Jennifer Brady gave her the 4th slam thus making her name concrete in the game at the age of 23.
Brady’s first grand slam turned out to be tight after a 2-week strict quarantine protocol that restricted the players to train.
During the trophy ceremony, the 25-year-old showed gratitude in front of thousands of people present in the arena.
“First I would like to congratulate Naomi on another Grand slam title,” Brady said.
“She is 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 the young girls at home are watching and are inspired by what she’s doing,” the finalist added.
Way to victory
1st round: Osaka beat her Russian counterpart Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-2.
2nd round: Easy sets with Caroline Garcia from France 6-2, 6-3 confirmed Osaka’s win.
3rd round: Osaka made victory again after beating Ons Jabeur from Tunisia 6-3, 6-2.
4th round: The hard fought match with Garbine Muguruza from Spain ensued Osaka’s win with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Quarter-final: Osaka’s wild serves confirmed her victory against Hsieh Su-wei from Taipei 6-2, 6-2
Semi-final: Her win against US Champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4 helped Osaka reach the finals.
FINAL: Won the match on Saturday against Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 and conquered the trophy.