2021 Australian Open Women's Final – Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka on and what time does it start? Saturday 20th February, 2021 – not before 08:30 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka? Click here to reach the official 2021 Australian Open ticket selection

What channel is Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka on? The 2021 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

THE LOWDOWN

JENNIFER BRADY

  • 22nd-seed Jennifer Brady looked confident and assured throughout her semi-final at the Australian Open with Karolina Muchova, taking the first well and earning the decider to reach the final.
  • World number 24 Brady failed to win her first Grand Slam semi-final at last season’s US Open, where she lost to Naomi Osaka in three sets in their only previous meeting.
  • The 25-year-old has made it through to the final averaging a first serve percentage of around only 50% and she will have to improve on that significantly here against Osaka’s power strokes.

NAOMI OSAKA

  • Former Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka was mightily impressive in her semi-final match with idol Serena Williams, coming back from an opening break of serve to win in straight sets.
  • The 23-year-old won her second US Open title last season via a three-set semi-final victory over Jennifer Brady and she has never lost at a major tournament past the round of 16.
  • World number three Osaka is on a 20-match unbeaten streak that stretched back to her Cincinnati Masters win last season, the US Open and the semi-finals of the Gippsland Trophy that she pulled out of two weeks ago.

THE PREDICTION

There is no question that Naomi Osaka’s impressive victory over Serena Williams should have been the Women’s final of this Australian Open but the Japanese star will have to stay focused here to fend off what will be a spirited assault from Jennifer Brady. The 25-year-old former UCLA star has navigated a fairly difficult draw to get here and has the right attitude to persevere if Osaka comes out all guns blazing. It took three sets for the world number three to beat Brady at the US Open last season but the fans here adore the 23-year-old and will back her to the hilt in what should be a joyous occasion for Osaka. The three-time Grand Slam champion has never lost after the round of 16 stage of a major and has already beaten Brady at this level before now. There is plenty to say for the American’s courage this campaign and she could well take a set but it is likelier that Osaka’s experience and sheer power will see her claim this in quite comprehensive straight sets.

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