MELBOURNE, Australia – The most uncomfortable moment for Naomi Osaka on Saturday night wasn’t when she faced a major breakpoint in the first set of her Australian Open women’s final against Jennifer Brady, neither was it when she was in the second served for the match

It came two hours after finishing her 6-4, 6-3 win at Rod Laver Arena. At the start of her press conference, Craig Tiley, the director of Tennis Australia, presented Osaka with a flute of champagne and suggested a toast to hers second Australian Open crown and her fourth Grand Slam title ahead of

Osaka, 23, brought the glass to her lips, took a tentative sip, and tried unsuccessfully to keep her expression neutral.She had never developed a taste for alcohol, she had explained earlier in the tournament because she was told as a child that it is bad for her

“Like it’s ruining your body or your liver,” she said, “I just want to gain an advantage for as long as possible”

Osaka, the pride of Japan who spent much of his childhood in Florida, seems to prevail against the rest of her competition in an ever deeper women’s game.She’s 4v4 in the Grand Slam final, an achievement that is in the Open -Era was only achieved by Monica Seles on her way to nine championships and Roger Federer on his way to 20

“This is a very amazing company,” said Osaka, who kept her childhood idol, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, to the same number of seven games that Brady, a 25-year-old in her, had gathered first big final

Osaka, who won their second United States Open title last September, is halfway to a Naomi Slam. She is unbeaten in her last 21 games. Her last loss in an individual competition was last year in the third round of that tournament when she was pissed off by American teenager Coco Gauff, a defeat that weighed on Osaka’s mind before going up against Brady, who was the downright underdog Gauff had been

“I was in the position she is in for the first slam,” Osaka said, referring to Brady. “Of course I know the nerves that go with that. But then on the other side I thought, I was wondering whether I should do better because I had already been to the slam final. So that actually had a lot of nerves ”

Both players looked nervous at first, missed the first serves and made about two easy mistakes for each winner. After Osaka served 4-4 in the first set, Brady broke off Osaka’s fortress until they broke in at 30:40 Piece of daylight had opened

At the breakpoint, Osaka missed her first serve, aimed a second try at Brady’s body, then took the point with a forehand winner, one of four that she would record in the match, she won the next two points to the opening to close

Brady took a 40:15 lead on her serve in the next game, only to be substituted on by Osaka, who broke it when Brady hit a short forehand – a mistake, she complained. “That happens maybe one in ten Sometimes or hopefully less ”

“My mind was just starting to think she was either very nervous or under great pressure and I should take advantage of that by trying to win as many games as possible in terms of pace,” Osaka said. “Because I have the feeling that as soon as a person loses the first sentence, doubts creep in Then you really should step on the gas””

Nobody in the game is a better pacemaker right now than Osaka, who improved to 45-1 in Grand Slam games when they won the first set.She took a 4-0 lead in the second round and took 36 minutes to to end the game

“She played really well when she had to,” admitted Brady. “She took good recordings when she needed it”

Osaka, who also won the Australian Open 2019, called it a privilege to be able to play a major tournament in the face of the coronavirus pandemic “I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with fans Just to have that energy, it really means a lot, “she said, referring to her triple win over Victoria Azarenka in New York

Brady, a 25-year-old American, lost to OsakaS in a highly competitive semi-final at the U. Open A member of UC.L.EINBrady became the first woman with college experience in the finals of that tournament since 1983, trying to become the first to win the title since Stanford’s Barbara Jordan did so in 1979

Brady, who was outside the top 50 at the beginning of 2020, competed on Jan. Place in the world and will jump to 1st place after their run in Melbourne Park 13

The third-placed Osaka moves to No. 2, behind Australian Ashleigh Barty, who fell in the quarterfinals Osaka, who long stretches from 2019 at No. 1, said she wasn’t fixated on regaining the top spot

“I feel like I’m in a really good place right now,” Osaka said. “I just want to play every game as hard as possible. When it comes to where I can be no I’ll take it again, but I don’t really chase it ”

Osaka’s path to the finals in Melbourne included a close win with a fourth round loss where she faced Garbiñe Muguruza and saved two match points in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win she did in her last three games only lost 18 games

Among active players, only two women have more Grand Slam titles than Osaka: Williams and her sister Venus with seven Osakas championships have all hit hard court, starting with their U 2018S win Open, where she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets in the final, Osaka said one of her goals this season is to expand her success to other surfaces, starting with sand, since the French Open is the next scheduled Grand Slam

“I don’t expect to win all of my games this year,” said Osaka, adding, “I don’t think it’s possible tennis players, we’re going through ups and downs but for me I just hope mine Ups and downs this year are less drastic ”

Osaka’s long-term goal is to survive in tennis long enough to one day face an opponent who inspired her to take up the sport

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Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/20/sports/tennis/australian-open-naomi-osaka-jennifer-brady.html