Naomi Osaka beats Jennifer Brady and wins Australian Open 2021 in straight sets on Saturday. She secured her 4th title in her past 8 appearances at Grand Slam events.
A 25-year-old Brady appeared in her first Grand Slam final played well, as the game was square at 4-all in the 1st set before Osaka dominated.
23-year-old Osaka won 6 back-to-back games and cruise to a 6-4, 6-3 win.
As per WTA, Osaka’s victory will upgrade her ranking to No.2 in the world on Monday behind Ashleigh Barty.
Naomi Osaka Beats Jennifer Brady And Wins Australian Open 2021
Brady said, “She’s a huge inspiration to us all. What she’s doing for the game is impressive in getting the sport out there. I wish young girls at home are watching and getting inspired by what she’s doing.”
Outstandingly, Osaka is undefeated in major finals (4-0) and a combined 12-0 during the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals of Grand Slam events. Her 4 major titles rank 3rd among all active players, behind Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
Osaka, born in Japan, later moved to the U.S. when Naomi was 3. A week before turning 22, Osaka gave up her U.S. citizenship to represent her country in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Osaka, in 2020, earned $37.4 million from prize money and endorsements.
As per Forbes, this represented an all-time earnings record for a women athlete in a single year. She broke the record of Maria Sharapova, who earned $29.7m in 2015.
In Semifinals, Osaka won against Serena Williams. She also defeated Williams in the controversial US Open 2018 final.
The prize money Osaka was provided was $2.1m for winning the Australian Open 2020 on Saturday.