Naomi Osaka has won her fourth title in her past eight appearances at a Slam, emerging from what initially was a tight Australian Open final and pulling away by grabbing six consecutive games to beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday.
With strong serving that produced six aces, Osaka improved to 4-0 in major finals, the first woman to start her career that way since Monica Seles did it 30 years ago.
For Osaka, that is part of a 12-0 record so far in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals at the majors.
“She played really well when she had to,” Brady said. “She hit good shots when she needed them.”
Osaka, the 2020 AP Female Athlete of the Year, is also on a 21-match winning streak that dates to last season.
That includes a championship at last year’s U.S. Open. She also won the U.S. Open in 2018, and the Australian Open in 2019.
See video of the moment she won the trophy below:
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