Naomi Osaka v Jennifer Brady results, scores, draw, schedule, odds,
Australian Open 2021 LIVE updates: Osaka, Brady trade breaks in first set of women’s final; Stosur/Ebden chase doubles title
Osaka is just smashing winners and dictating play in this second set and Brady looks bereft of ideas or just a little stunned in the headlines of this enormous moment.
Osaka has broken her again. She is now 4-0 up and serving.
She has made just two unforced errors this set.
Osaka is now 3-0 up and screaming “C’mon” after holding her serve.
A win tonight would mean Osaka has won her first four Grand Slam titles from four attempts.
Osaka has found another level this set and she now leads 6-4, 2-0 after breaking Brady’s serve again this game.
Brady’s aim has left her and she’s looking a little frustrated while Osaka is dominating the points and playing like she can sense that trophy is within reach.
Brady won two points to get to 30 but Osaka was too composed to hold her serve and take a 6-4, 1-0 lead.
Now for Brady’s serve to stand tall.
According to Channel Nine’s commentary, Osaka has a 44-1 win-loss record in Grand Slams after winning the first set and a 20-0 record at the Australian Open when winning the first set.
So Osaka very much in the driver’s seat.
Osaka has won the first set 6-4 after breaking Brady for the second time.
Brady was up 40-15 and looked on track to hold serve and make it 5-5, instead Osaka fought back to force it to deuce and then draw a low forehand from Brady which went into the net for set point.
She hit into the net on the next point and Osaka took a 6-4 first set win.
Osaka had all kinds of issues with her serve that game going down 0-30 and then having Brady lob her to take a 40-30 lead.
But Osaka battled back to smash a forehand winner then she worked back to advantage and won the next point to lead 5-4 with the set still on serve.
Here are videos of the two respective breakpoints from the first set:
Brady won her service game to love to take a 4-3 lead but Osaka didn’t take long to match her.
It’s now 4-4 and who knows which player will blink next. When they played at the US Open the first set went to a tiebreak, I wonder if this set will mimic it.