Naomi Osaka (3rd) Y Jennifer Brady (24th) will be the protagonists of the Australian Open grand finale in its 2021 edition. The Japanese, who has just defeated Serena Williams in the semifinal, is the great favorite. The decisive match can be seen on Saturday from 5.30 am on ESPN2 and ESPN Play.
The Asian beat Anastasía Pavlyuchenkova (39th), Caroline García (43rd), Ons Jabeur (30th), Garbiñe Muguruza (14th), Su-Wei Hsieh (71st) and Serena Williams (11th) to get into his fourth Grand Slam final. At 23, Osaka will be looking for her fourth major trophy after winning the Australian Open in 2019 and the US Open twice in 2018 and 2020.
On the side of the American, on her way to the decisive match she beat Aliona Bolsava (102nd), Madison Brengle (85th), Kaja Juvan (104th), Donna Vekic (33rd), Jessica Pegula (61st) and Karolina Muchova (27 °). At the age of 25, the Harrisburg native will contest her first Grand Slam final. Since turning pro in 2010, she has only won one WTA title: Lexington 2020.
Head-to-head, they only played three games: the first of them was in 2014 in the tournament New Braunfels ITF. There Brady took the game by a double 6-4. Four years later, in the Charleston WTA, Osaka triumphed 6-4, 6-4. The last meeting between the two occurred in 2020, in the semifinals of the US Open. On that occasion, the Japanese won the match 7-6 (1), 3-6 and 6-3 in what was one of the best matches on the women’s circuit of the year.