Women’s Singles Final – J. Brady vs N. Osaka
Second set, Osaka 6-4, 4-1 Brady: Brady retrieves a break
Brady throws everything into the game and defends really well. After another deuce, Brady hits a superb backhand to force an error from Osaka and create another break point, which she is able to convert.
Second set, Osaka 6-4, 4-0 Brady: Osaka breaks again
Osaka has gone on to win SIX GAMES IN A ROW
Jennifer Brady under all sorts of pressure as she misses another simple forehand
The Japanese has a solid lead and looks set to win her 4th Slam today. Brady has been trying a lot but Osaka’s backhand has been spot-on and given no chance whatsoever to the American
Second set, Osaka 6-4, 3-0 Brady: Osaka holds & extends lead
The three-time Slam champion hits an excellent ace to extend her dominant lead
Second set, Osaka 6-4, 2-0 Brady: BREAK OF SERVE!
Osaka dictates the tempo and cruises to a 40-0 lead before double faulting.
Jen Brady looks frustrated as she again misses a forehand.
Second set, Osaka 6-4, 1-0 Brady
Osaka gets herself to 0-30 but Jen Brady draw level with a fine return, followed up by a clean winner. Osaka then smacks a ace to get herself back in front, before a Brady miss hands her the hold.
First set, Osaka 6-4 Brady: OSAKA TAKES FIRST SET WITH A BREAK!
A fortunate couple of points for Naomi Osaka to end things, but the third seed won’t mind. She’s one set away from a fourth Grand Slam title.
Brady looked good in the first set but Osaka managed to get the points at crucial intervals.
First set, Osaka 5-4 Brady
Naomi Osaka comes through the service game unscathed despite amazing court coverage by Brady.
Osaka 4-4 Brady
A powerful backhand from Jennifer Brady and a serve down the T gives Brady an excellent hold. Fabulous stuff from the American.
Osaka 4-3 Brady*
Osaka sends a big first serve straight through Brady’s defences and then registers a good hold
Osaka 3-3 Brady
Brady breaks back and then fires in a backhand winner away.
Naomi Osaka errs on the backhand and she holds to love
A strong comeback by the American
Brady 1-3 Osaka
A dominant start by the three-time champion
Osaka is putting Brady under pressure as it’s been all backhand by Brady so far.
Brady misses her first serve, and then double faults. At the first opportunity, Naomi Osaka breaks.
Brady 1-1 Osaka
Brady holds her serve as Osaka hits wide after both players had opportunities to take the game but a backhand error from Osaka gives the American a hold of serve.
Osaka 1-0 Brady*
From 40-0 up, Brady finds herself at deuce
A commanding start by Osaka as she hits a couple of aces along the way to take a love hold.
The coin toss has gone Naomi Osaka’s way, and she has opted to serve first up.
Naomi Osaka’s path to the final:
1st rd: bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-1, 6-2
2nd rd: bt Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-2, 6-3
3rd rd: bt Ons Jabeur (TUN x27) 6-3, 6-2
4th rd: bt Garbine Muguruza (ESP x14) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Quarter-final: bt Hsieh Su-wei (TPE) 6-2, 6-2
Semi-final: bt Serena Williams (USA x10) 6-3, 6-4
Jennifer Brady’s path to the final:
1st rd: bt Aliona Bolsova (ESP) 6-1, 6-3
2nd rd: bt Madison Brengle (USA) 6-1, 6-2
3rd rd: bt Kaja Juvan (SLO) 6-1, 6-3
4th rd: bt Donna Vekic (CRO x28) 6-1, 7-5
Quarter-final: bt Jessica Pegula (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Semi-final: bt Karolina Muchova (CZE x25) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the women’s singles final of the 2021 Australian Open! Third seed Naomi Osaka, on a 20-match unbeaten streak, is aiming at her fourth Grand Slam title. While Jennifer Brady is playing her maiden Grand Slam final.
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