Jennifer Brady will seek revenge against an undefeated Osaka

Jennifer Brady will seek revenge against an undefeated Osaka

The American Jennifer Brady will seek revenge in the final of the Australian Open against the Japanese Naomi Osaka, undefeated for more than a year, after the Japan won in three sets in the semifinals of the last edition of the Australian Open.

“When I go out there, she is not going to pass me over. When I go out on the court I have to have the mentality that I am not below her. I have a chance to win,” Brady said after beating Czech Karolina Muchova in three sets in the semifinals  and thus become the seventh tennis player to make her debut in a Grand Slam final in the last nine editions.
She therefore surpassed her best record in ‘major’ competition, dating from the semifinals in which she encountered at Flushing Meadows with which she will be her rival in the final at Melbourne Park, and will have the opportunity to proclaim herself as the second American to lift the title on the banks of the Yarra River consecutively, after the crown won by her compatriot Sofia Kenin in 2020.
On her way to the final she had to beat the Spanish Aliona Bolsava, the American Madison Brengle, the Slovenian Kaja Juvan, the Croatian Dona Vekic, the American Jessica Pegula and the Czech Muchova.
For her part, the Japanese Osaka, champion of three Grand Slam crowns (2 US Open and one Australian Open), went through some more demanding crosses after dismissing the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the French Caroline García, the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, the Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh and the American Serena Williams.
The Japanese woman lives one of the sweetest moments of her young and successful career, accumulating more than a year without losing an official match.
Osaka, who never lost a Grand Slam final, will have a chance to become the 12th woman to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy on more than one occasion.
The Japanese will arrive more seasoned in the final after having passed Grand Slam final level matches from which she came out mentally comforted, such as the one in the round of 16 against the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza in which she had to save two match balls at serve during the last set.
“The experience of having played this type of finals is important because you can use those things you learned about mistakes you made in similar situations,” explained the Woman.
Osaka could climb one place on the WTA list and become number two in the event of lifting the title, while American Brady will enter the top twenty in the world regardless of the result she obtains this Saturday.
The final will start at 9.30 CET on the Rod Laver Arena track, which will host the public for the third consecutive day after it did not have spectators in its stands for five days due to the confinement to which the city of Melbourne was subjected.
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