Naomi Osaka emerged from what initially was a tight Australian Open final to win her fourth title in her past eight appearances at a Slam.
Naomi Osaka grabbed six consecutive games after she beat Jennifer Brady on Saturday 6-4, 6-3.
Osaka was the first woman to begin her career by improving to 4-0 in major finals since Monica Seles did the same 30 years ago. For her, that was part of 12-0 record in the quarterfinals and above at the games.
The 2020 AP Female Athlete of the Year is also on a 21-match winning streak that dates to last season. That includes a championship at last year’s U.S. Open. She also won the U.S. Open in 2018, and the Australian Open in 2019.
The 23-year-old Osaka was born in Japan and moved to the United States with her family when she was 3.
On her side, Brady is a 25 year old American that at one point was put under quarantine for 15 days after someone they shared a flight with tested positive for the Covid-19.
This was a big step up in competition during this tournament for Brady, who had not faced anyone ranked in the Top 25 nor anyone who previously appeared in so much as one Grand Slam semifinal.
Naomi Osaka’s win at the final came few days after she extinguished Serena Williams’s flame through the Australian Open, handing her a 6-3, 6-4 defeat.
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The loss came five months after Williams took the first set but was toppled at the United States Open by Victoria Azarenka. Despite moving as well on the court as she has in years, Williams, 39, could not keep pace with Osaka, 23, a three-time Grand Slam champion who has a streak of 20 match victories.