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Australian Open final: Lockdown warrior Jennifer Brady faces ultimate test against ‘new boss’ Naomi Osaka | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Jennifer Brady spent two weeks in onerous quarantine gathering psychological power for her tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title and can hope there may be a lot in reserve when she takes on Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s Australian Open remaining.
While some of these in onerous quarantine complained about not having the ability to practice earlier than the Grand Slam, Brady likened it to a protracted decompression session that in all probability helped her bulldoze by the draw against higher-ready gamers.
Now the rising 25-yr-previous faces the ultimate test of her resilience against Osaka, who beat her within the U.S. Open semi-finals on the way in which to her third Grand Slam triumph.
“I don’t know how I’m going to feel on Saturday,” stated the American.
“I can say I can enjoy the moment and just try to play tennis and not really think too much about it, but there’s going to be moments, there’s going to be games, there’s going to be points where I’m going to be thinking about, ‘Wow, this could be my first Grand Slam title’.”
The odds are against it although, with third seed Osaka rated a just about unbackable favorite by bookmakers to boost a second Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday, two years after beating Petra Kvitova for the 2019 title.
Brady, the twenty second seed, has proven grit to get this far, successful consecutive three-set matches against semi-finalist Karolina Muchova and Jessica Pegula, however in comparison with Osaka’s robust draw the American has had an armchair trip.
Muchova, at twenty fifth the very best seed Brady confronted, cleared the roadblock of world primary Ash Barty, whereas giantkiller Pegula knocked out U.S. Open finalist Victoria Azarenka and Elina Svitolina from Brady’s quarter of the draw.
Brady made heavy climate beating a profligate Muchova, needing 5 match factors to complete it, whereas Osaka crushed Serena Williams in two units and sealed victory on the primary match level.
Add that to the truth that Osaka is on a 20-match successful streak and has by no means misplaced a Grand Slam remaining, it will appear former school participant Brady is up against it.
“For me, I have this mentality that people don’t remember the runners-up,” stated 2019 champion Osaka after leaving a defeated Williams in tears.
“You might, but the winner’s name is the one that’s engraved.”
THE NEW BOSS
At 23, Osaka is quick creating the aura that helped Williams amass 23 Grand Slam titles.
Once liable to the occasional breakdown on court docket, Osaka has been all enterprise at Melbourne Park and paid tribute to her coach Wim Fissette and workforce for serving to her forge a stronger psychological sport.
The first Japanese participant to win a Grand Slam title, Osaka stated she needed to pay her workforce again with one other trophy.
“Of course, it’s nice to see your name on a trophy or your name on a wall,” stated Osaka, who holds a 2-0 report against Brady in WTA Tour occasions.
“But I think bigger than that, I feel like I’m playing with a different purpose for this trip.
“I simply need to do very well as a vessel for everybody’s onerous work.”
After surviving match points in a tense fourth round clash with last year’s finalist Garbine Muguruza, the Japanese contender moved up a gear to thrash Taiwanese surprise package Hsieh Su-wei before ending Williams’ bid for a 24th Grand Slam.
Justine Henin, a seven-times Grand Slam champion, said Osaka had taken a grip of the women’s game.
“To me, girls’s tennis has a brand new boss, Naomi Osaka has this capability, she has taken one other dimension,” Henin told Eurosport.
“(She) is totally prepared bodily, mentally she confirmed that she is absolutely sturdy. Naomi, for positive, would be the huge favorite for this match.”

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