America’s No.22 seed Jennifer Brady is indeed the loser of tonight’s Australian Open final, with bookmakers awarding her an underdog of $ 4.75 against Naomi Osaka.
Tonight’s game will only be the second in a Grand Slam between Brady and Osaka, with the Japanese star winning last year’s US Open semi-final in a 7-6 (1) 3-6 victory. 6-3.
If Brady is to win her first Grand Slam title, she will have to do what no woman has managed to do so far: defeat Osaka in the final.
The No.3 seed is a perfect 3-0 in the Grand Slam final, with wins over Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka.
Australian tennis greats Casey Dellacqua has revealed exactly what Brady needs to do if she is to break Osaka’s scintillating Finals streak.
“It would be an extraordinary victory if Jennifer Brady could stand up, and I think she can do it,” she told Wide World of Sports’ Morning service.
“She has to do a few things well against Naomi Osaka. She has to serve well, which is a great strength of Jennifer Brady.
“A lot of this game is going to come down to big first strike tennis and who can get that first strike.
“She’s also going to have to use a shape on her ball to get it out of Naomi Osaka’s strike zone.
“She needs some heaviness and a few RPMs on the forehand so she doesn’t really put her in Naomi Osaka’s hip pocket.
“A little variation from Jen Brady, not too many unforced errors and getting that first strike serving well.
“But I think we have to take into account that this is her first Grand Slam final. There is no doubt that she will be a little nervous, but if anyone is ready for this moment, it’s Jennifer. Brady right now. “