Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open to capture fourth Grand Slam title

Tommy Haas

Shotmakers with a shared skill for the kill shot square off in the Australian Open final.

Here's our final preview and prediction.

Serena looked stricken by her semi-final defeat by Naomi Osaka, and walked out of her press conference in tears after being asked if she had played her last Australian Open. "I think it was just super high quality throughout", the world No.3 said of that US Open bout. "Yeah, it's definitely going to be really tough".

"I don't know how I'm going to feel on Saturday", she said. Next thing you know, she wins the tournament.

And she breaks! Osaka hits the net again.

That was part of the six-game run that put Osaka ahead 4-0 in the second and she was on her way. She can add scoreboard pressure to the three-time Major champion to the pressure of being the favorite. Brady has held serve almost as effectively as Osaka (.855 to.867) throughout this tournament.

She made Osaka serve it out at 5-3 but that was done with a minimum of drama.

Wonderful counterpunching from brady there - on the back foot but she finds a brilliant return that Osaka nets.

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"I feel that's where the emotions start - she's probably thinking, what do I need to do now?" Osaka returns better; Brady is fitter and covers the court better. If Brady can use her forehand to dictate the direction of rallies, she can pull off the upset.

The bigger the match the better and bolder Osaka plays.

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With two U.S. Open wins, Osaka has won all of her Grand Slam trophies on hardcourts but Fissette said success on Wimbledon grass and French Open clay was just a matter of time.

"I have this mentality that people don't remember the runners-up".

Third seed Osaka believes she had sharpened her game since then, which will be crucial to blunt the strong-serving American.

And we were like saying: Wow, this girl is really really good, I think she has a chance of getting far here.

Riding a 20-match winning streak into the final, Osaka has not lost a match in more than a year. Monica Seles, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Li Na, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki have all won the AO after saving a match point.

Two pure ball-strikers and bold shotmakers collaborated in a pulsating US Open semifinal.

Break point, second serve.

She has yet to lose a Grand Slam match after reaching the quarter-final stage, but faces a different scenario on Saturday as the most experienced player. "I think about that match a lot".

Unquestionably, Brady is a risky player who has the weapons to hold serve and pressure Osaka. Pressure is the unknown variable: How will Brady respond to the jitters of her first Grand Slam final?

The trouble for Naomi Osaka at Grand Slam tournaments comes in Week 1.

Osaka has a flawless 3-0 record in the finals of Majors, and starts as a heavy favorite to extend that against Brady.

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