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TENNIS: Japan’s Naomi Osaka defeats Brady to win Australian Open final

AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN’S FINAL: Japan’s Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady in straight sets in the Australian Open final to win her fourth major title in the eventful final on Saturday February 20, 2021.

Osaka edged a tight first set and broke the American twice in the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousands of fans at Rod Laver Arena.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action at Saturday’s Australian Open Final

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 23-year-old, who also becomes the first woman since Monica Seles to win her first four major finals, will now rise to second in the world rankings.

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Jennifer Brady failed to overcome the Osaka juggernaut in the Australian Open Final

Osaka, rated as the world’s top-earning female athlete, saved two match points in the fourth round against Garbine Muguruza before going on to lift the trophy.

Osaka, who also beat her idol Serena Williams in straight sets in the semi-finals, has not lost a match in more than a year.

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