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Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Will Osaka win her second Australian Open?
- Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka preview and predictions for Saturday’s Australian Open final
- The final is being played at Melbourne Park (09.00 GMT)
- Osaka has won her last 20 matches and is 3-0 in Grand Slam finals
- I am backing Osaka to win the 2021 Australian Open women’s title
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Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady will face off in the final of the Australian Open (Getty Images)
Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka Predictions
Naomi Osaka has played three Grand Slam finals and won them all. On Saturday she attempts to maintain that perfect record against Jennifer Brady’s power.
Osaka and Brady went the distance at last year’s US Open, but playing a Grand Slam final is a psychological minefield for a first-timer. After saving match points against Garbine Muguruza, Osaka has been virtually flawless while Brady has been pushed to three sets in both of her last two matches.
- Naomi Osaka has won 10 of her last 16 matches in straight sets
- Naomi Osaka has conceded two or fewer breaks of serve in 5 of her 6 Australian Open matches
- Jennifer Brady conceded 7 breaks of serve in her last 2 matches
- Jennifer Brady has won less than 50% of second-serve points in her last 2 matches
Head to Head
The head-to-head between Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady is 2-1.
Osaka won both their WTA Tour-level matches, beating Brady 6-4, 6-4 in Charleston in 2018 and 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals of the US Open last September.
Brady’s win over Osaka came in 2014 at an ITF when both were ranked well outside the top 200.
Jennifer Brady Stats
Age: 25 (12 April 1995)
Height: 5’10” (178cm)
World Ranking: 24
Career High: 24 (October 2020)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 1
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R16 (2017)
Jennifer Brady Form
After reinventing herself as a better and fitter player in 2020 and reaching the semifinals of the US Open, Brady has shown that that improvement is here to stay with her Australian Open run.
Brady’s improved fitness and her explosive power have proved a devastating combination against some tough opponents at this tournament. She beat Aliona Bolsova, Madison Brengle, Kaja Juvan and Donna Vekic without dropping a set.
Things have been tougher in the last couple of rounds for Brady, however. She had to come back from a set down vs Jessica Pegula, and then served at 50% in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Karolina Muchova.
The final game for Brady was particularly difficult, and her nerves seem to be growing with each round. She has an impressive power game, and moves well for her height, but she has less experience than Osaka and is less effective at using the full width of the court to her advantage.
Naomi Osaka Stats
Age: 23 (6 October 1997)
Height: 5’11” (1.80m)
World Ranking: 3
Career High: 1 (January 2019)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 6
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 (2 US Open, 1 Australian Open)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Champion (2019)
Naomi Osaka Form
Since winning her first Grand Slam by defeating Serena Williams in the US Open final in 2018, Naomi Osaka has been taken the distance in subsequent major finals by Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka but always prevailed in the end.
Osaka had to save match points against Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round, but that remains the only three-set match she has played at the Australian Open so far. Against two opponents who have been difficult for her in the past, Su-Wei Hsieh and Serena Williams, she won 6-2, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-4.
Williams did not play her best in the semifinal, committing 24 unforced errors for her 21 winners, but Osaka gave her little opportunity to play her way into the match. Like Brady, she did not have her best serving day in the semifinals, landing 45% of first serves, but was much more effective behind those first serves, winning 85% of points to Brady’s 68%.
Osaka has a proven record of playing some of her best tennis in Grand Slam finals, and she has handled this tournament impeccably. She is rightly the favourite to win the Australian Open final.
Jennifer Brady and Naomi Osaka meet in the final of the Australian Open on Saturday 20 February.
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Jennifer Brady and Naomi Osaka are meeting in the final of the Australian Open.
Osaka has so much more experience, and is playing such controlled tennis, that she should beat Brady in straight sets.
But the big-serving Brady should also be able to keep the margin of victory within 4.5 games, as it has been in their three previous matches.
Best Bet: Osaka Win 2-0 Set Betting @-142.86 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Brady +4.5 Games Handicap @100.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit