Jennifer Brady paid a touching but light tribute to her mother after falling to Naomi Osaka in the women’s Australian Open final.
It was a difficult first Grand Slam final outing for the American who was rolled in straight sets 6-4 6-3 in a dominant display by Osaka.
While Brady showed glimpses of brilliance, mostly in a brave first-set fight, it was Osaka who found their rhythm and walked away with their fourth Grand Slam crown in windy conditions at Melbourne Park.
Despite the loss, the American could hold her head high after a commendable performance at Rod Laver Arena. And, speaking in the wake of the drama, a kind Brady paid tribute to her mother in the United States.
“Thanks to all the fans back home who watched, Mom, I know you’re watching right now in front of the TV probably crying,” Brady said, eliciting a laugh from the crowd.
“It was special to play in front of the fans in my first Grand Slam final, so I hope I’ll be on stage next time with this girl (trophy) here.
“I would like to say thank you to my team, Michael and Daniel, without you guys I wouldn’t be here tonight so thank you very much for what you have done for me and let’s continue for more.”
Brady also reserved a special mention for Osaka which she congratulated on inspiring young girls around the world.
Australian Open: Naomi Osaka vs. Jennifer Brady
“I want to congratulate Naomi,” she said. “She is such an inspiration to all of us and what she does for the game is amazing to bring awareness to the sport.
“I hope the young girls are watching at home and being inspired by what she is doing.”
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