Can Jennifer Brady pull off an upset even though the odds favour Naomi ?
Jennifer Brady enters the Final high on confidence
22nd-seed Jennifer Brady appeared confident and reassuring throughout her semi-final at the Australian Open with Karolina Muchova, taking the first well and winning the decider to reach the final.
World number 24 Brady was unable to win her madien Grand Slam semi-final at last season’s US Open, where she lost to none other than Naomi Osaka in 3 sets in their only former meeting.
The 25-year-old has made it all the way through to the final with a first serve percentage of approximately only 50% and she will have to notch this up significantly in the 2021 Australian Open final against Osaka’s power strokes.
Naomi Osaka is all pumped up for the Final
Former Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka was greatly impressive in her semi-final match with legendary Serena Williams, coming back from an initial break of serve to win in successive sets.
The 23-year-old won her 2nd US Open title last season via a 3-set semi-final victory over Jennifer Brady and she has never squandered at a main tournament past the round of 16.
Ranked number 3, Naomi Osaka is on a 20-match undefeated streak that extends back to her Cincinnati Masters win last season, the US Open and the semi-finals of the Gippsland Trophy that she dropped out of two weeks ago.
Naomi Osaka vs Jennifer Brady 2021 Australian Open Final Prediction
There is no doubt that Naomi Osaka’s remarkable victory over Serena Williams should have been the Women’s final of the 2021 Australian Open but the Japanese superstar will have to stay focused here to resist off what will be a vigorous onslaught from Jennifer Brady.
The 25-year-old erstwhile UCLA star has steered a pretty challenging draw to get here and has the right mindset to endure even if Osaka comes out all guns blazing.
It took 3 sets for the world number 3 to beat Brady at the US Open in 2020 but the fans here love the 23-year-old and will back her to the hilt in what should be yet another jubilant occasion for Osaka.
Naomi Osaka, the 3-time Grand Slam champion, has never lost after the round of 16 stage of a major and has already defeated Jennifer Brady at this level before now.
There is plenty to say for the American’s valor her Australian Open crusade and she could well make life very difficult for Osaka.
Naomi Osaka’s experience and absolute power could see her claim this in what fans can expect to be a well fought out women’s final.
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