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Osaka, the new boss

Strong against Jennifer Brady (6-4, 6-3), Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open for the second time in her career. The 23-year-old Japanese has already won her fourth Major.

You should not count on her for the shattering statements, even if she knows how to express her opinions at times (she had actively supported the Black Live Matters movement). But Naomi Osaka is indeed the new queen of the women’s circuit, the rising star, already at the top. The Japanese confirmed her new status, which she had struggled to assume two years ago, by once again winning theAustralian Open. After 2018-2019, this is the second time she has been crowned at the US Open and triumphed in Melbourne. As a patron.

After giving Serena Williams retirement plans in the semi-finals, Osaka was the big favorite in this final. The Japanese had a novice in front of her, Jennifer brady (25 years old, 24th in the world), who had not usurped her place in the final even if she did not have to face a player less well classified than her. The American hung up to 4-4 in the first set, Osaka’s timing to accelerate by making six straight games to lead 4-0 in the second set. Brady tried to blow a wind of revolt on the Rod Laver Arena (busy) by erasing a late station wagon. But Osaka, very solid in key moments, if not necessarily flamboyant, folded the case without trembling (6-4, 6-3 in 1:17).

Undefeated in the Grand Slam final

So this is Osaka who becomes the first player since Monica Seles, in the early 1990s, to win her first four Grand Slam finals. It’s a real performance, especially since these finals had something different each time: you had to open your counter with a bang on the big stage of New York against Queen Serena Williams at the 2018 US Open; it was necessary to confirm in the wake against Petra Kvitova in Australia; it was necessary to return to the top after a few difficult months by beating Victoria Azarenka in the silence of Flushing Meadows last year; and it was necessary to assume this status of hyper-favorite against Brady this Saturday.

On Monday, Osaka will only be world No. 2, but that will not detract much from its influence, especially on hard. She is now the fourth active player to have four Grand Slam titles to her credit, and the other three are 37 years or older, and are expected to leave the circuit soon (Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters). To establish its legitimacy a little more as a star of women’s tennis, Osaka will have to export its domination on the other surfaces, the clay and the turf, where it has not played any final, at Roland Garros and Wimbledon , where she never got past the 3rd round. This is the next step.