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Sport Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka v Jennifer Brady - how to watch, when is it, form and live blog

07:11  20 february  2021
07:11  20 february  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

Osaka wins second Australian Open and fourth Grand Slam

  Osaka wins second Australian Open and fourth Grand Slam Osaka became the first woman since Monica Seles to win her first four Grand Slam finals.Japan's Naomi Osaka claimed her second Australian Open title in three years after a straight-sets victory over American Jennifer Brady on Saturday.

World number three Naomi Osaka will be looking for her second Australian Open title when she takes on 23rd seed Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open women's singles final.

Osaka will be looking for her fourth grand slam title, hoping to build off her success at the 2020 US Open.

Meanwhile, Brady qualified for her first grand slam final in impressive fashion, dropping just two sets.

Osaka v Brady live blog

To commence at 7:30 pm

How to watch/stream the match for free?

The Osaka-Brady match will be telecast live on free-to-air television via Nine 's main channel - with the broadcast set to begin at 7pm (AEDT).

You can also watch the match live via stream on the 9Now app - which is available on Smart TV's, Android devices, Apple devices, tablets and desktops.

Grand slam greatness beckons for Osaka

  Grand slam greatness beckons for Osaka Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka has claimed her fourth grand slam title with a straight-sets win over American Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final. The Japanese superstar needed only 77 minutes to see off Brady 6-4 6-3 on Saturday night and become the first woman since Monica Seles 30 years ago to win her first four grand slam finals.

Replays of the match will also be accessible through the 9Now app after its completion.

What time is the Australian Open Women's final?

The women's singles final is set to start at 7:30 pm (AEDT time)

This will be followed by the mixed doubles final between Aussie pair Sam Stosur/Matthew Ebden and Barbora Krejcikova/Rajeev Ram

Osaka's Australian Open form

On paper, Osaka has been near-flawless throughout the tournament, dropping just one set in her road to the final.

Osaka opponent Round Score
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) First 6-1 6-2
Caroline Garcia (France) Second 6-2 6-3
Ons Jabeur [27] (Tunisia) Third 6-3 6-2
Garbine Muguruza [14] (Spain) Fourth 4-6 6-4 7-5
Hsieh Su-Wei (Chinese Taipei) Quarter-Final 6-2 6-2
Serena Willams [10] Semi-Final 6-3 6-4

The world number three cruised through the opening two rounds of the tournament, dropping just four and five games respectively

Osaka charges into Australian Open semi-finals

  Osaka charges into Australian Open semi-finals Former champion Naomi Osaka charged into the Australian Open semi-finals as she the artistry of Hsieh Su-wei on Tuesday.Naomi Osaka crushed the artistry of Hsieh Su-wei as she charged into the Australian Open semi-finals, where she will await the winner of the match between Serena Williams and Simona Halep.

This continued into the third round, defeating 27th seed Ons Jabeur in just under 80 minutes.

However, the 23-year-old found herself in trouble against 14th seed Garbine Muguruza, dropping the first set before finding herself having to save two match points.

She would eventually win the last three games of the match to book her place in the final eight, where she would end the fairytale of Hsieh Su-Wei.

Osaka's best performance would come in the semi-final despatching legendary 10th seed Serena Williams in straight sets to book her place in the final.

a person hitting a ball with a racket: Naomi Osaka © Provided by Sporting News Naomi Osaka

Brady's Australia Open form

Brady has been dominant throughout the tournament, dropping just two sets on her way to the final.

Karatsev opponent Round Score

Aliona Bolsova (Spain)

First 6-1 6-3
Madison Brengle (USA) Second 6-1 6-2
Kaja Juvan (Slovenia) Third 6-1 6-3
Donna Vekic [28] (Croatia) Fourth 6-1 7-5
Jessica Pegula (USA) Quarter-Final 4-6 6-2 6-1
Karolina Muchova [25] (Czech Republic) Semi-Final 6-4 3-6 6-4

Brady started the main draw with two comfortable straight-set victories against Spain's Bolsova and fellow American Madison Brengle.

Jennifer or Jenny? Confused Osaka 'so sorry' for Brady blunder

  Jennifer or Jenny? Confused Osaka 'so sorry' for Brady blunder Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka told Jennifer Brady she was "so sorry" on Sunday after making an embarrassing gaffe with the American player's name. After beating Brady 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win her second Melbourne Park title, the ever-polite Osaka started her victory speech by asking if she preferred being called Jennifer or Jenny. "Jenny," replied Brady. Osaka then told the crowd: "Firstly, I want to congratulate Jennifer," whichAfter beating Brady 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win her second Melbourne Park title, the ever-polite Osaka started her victory speech by asking if she preferred being called Jennifer or Jenny.

She would breeze past qualifier Kaja Juvan in the third-round before demolishing 28th seed Donna Vekic in just over 90 minutes.

In an all-American quarter-final, Brady would recover from a slow start to defeat Jessica Pegula in three sets.

She would then take advantage of top seed Ash Barty's shock loss in the quarter-finals, defeating 25th seed Karolina Muchova in three sets.

Despite dropping the first two sets in the fourth round against Canada's Auger Aliassime, Karatsev rallied to win in five sets.

Jennifer Brady hitting a ball with a racket © Provided by Sporting News Jennifer Brady

Osaka-Brady head-to-head

On the WTA Tour so far, Osaka marginally leads Brady 2-1.

Their history together begins at a 50k challenger event in the small town of New Braunfels, Texas. Brady, who was the sixth seed, defeated Osaka in straight sets 6-4 6-4.

Since then, it has been all Osaka, who defeated Brady in 2018 at Charleston, reversing the scoreline from their first encounter.

She won their previous encounter in a three-set thriller at the US Open, with the Japanese world number three eventually winning in three sets.

Osaka is 180cm tall, giving her a 2cm height advantage over Brady (178 cm)

Both players are right-handed and have two-handed backhands.

Osaka has a career prizemoney tally of US$17,770,234, while Karatsev has won $3,329,416 during her career.

Osaka-Brady betting

The world no.3 is an extraordinary short-priced favourite at 1.19 to win the final, while Brady is the rank outsider at 4.50

You can get Osaka to win in straight sets at 1.60, while the 23-year-old is 1.30 to win the first set.

Odds courtesy of Sportsbet.

Osaka-Brady live scores

Everything you need to know about today's Australian Open clashes .
The Australian Open is serving up a huge day of tennis with the $80million tournament's semifinal places up for grabs as Ash Barty, Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas all take centre court.Australia's queen of the court Ash Barty has breezed through the competition so far and will take on Czech hitter Karolina Muchova in the first match of the day.

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