Naomi Osaka bested Jennifer Brady on Saturday night 6:4, 6:3 to win her fourth Grand Slam title. Osaka has won every single Grand Slam final she has reached and is 4/4 at the moment, joining the most elite company.
After beating Serena Williams in straight sets, Osaka got the better of Jennifer Brady and claimed her second Melbourne title. The 23-year-old won the 2020 US Open and continued where she previously left off. She started 2021 the best way possible — by winning the first Grand Slam of the year.
As previously announced, this might be Osaka’s year. Olympics are played in her home country, Japan. Naomi decided to represent Japan in the upcoming Olympics and gave up her U.S. citizenship.
4 for 4 in Grand Slam finals
Only Monika Seleš (9 total) and Roger Federer (20 total) achieved this record. This stat shows that we can expect a lot from the young tennis star and that she is on the right path to greatness.
“That’s very amazing company,” said Osaka. “You can only just keep going down your own path.”
Naomi is currently 45-1 in Grand Slam matches when she wins the first set.
“I feel like I’m at a really good place right now,” she added. “I just want to play every match as hard as I can. If it comes to the point where I’m able to be No. 1 again, I’ll embrace it, but I’m not really chasing it.”
Osaka will move to No. 2 on the WTA list, leaving only Ashleigh Barty in front of her. On the other hand, Jennifer Brady, who was previously 24th, will advance to a 13th position.