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Dominance. There’s no other way to describe Naomi Osaka’s current reign on Women’s tennis.
The 23-year old won her second Australian Open Saturday morning-beating Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3, reports Sports Illustrated.
Brady lost her first grand slam final ever while Osaka remains perfect in four grand slam finals.
“It feels really incredible for me,” Osaka told reporters shortly after, according to the Huff Post. I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with fans so just to have this energy it really means a lot.”
The victory extends her win streak to 21. With her triumph over Serena Williams in the semi-finals, some are calling Osaka the new Queen of tennis.
“This win solidifies her as the best player in the world,” said ESPN analyst Rennae Stubbs on the cable sports channel. “That’s what it does. I think that there is no question that, certainly on a hard court, she is as dominant as a player has been over the last three years.”
Osaka is expected to advance to be the world’s number 2 ranking when the figures are updated, according to the Huff Post. She is currently ranked number 3 behind Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep.
Osaka and Brady met just last year in a US Open semi-finals. However, this time it wasn’t close. Still, Osaka tipped her visor to her competitor.
“We played in the semis of the US Open a couple of months ago and I told everyone that would listen that you’re gonna be a problem, and I was right. It’s really incredible to, for me it’s hard to play you and to see your growth over the past few months is really cool … I think we’re gonna play alot more matches, so here’s to that,” The Guardian quoted Osaka as saying.
Osaka can no longer be considered the shy upstart who beat Williams in the US Open to boos following controversial calls from the chair umpire in 2018.
“The first time that I have won both these trophies, I think in a way, I was just a kid,” ESPN reported Osaka saying. “I didn’t really know what I was doing. I was winning my matches, but I wasn’t really appreciating the moment, the tournament, how hard it is to even get to the position that I’m in right now.”
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