Osaka suffers against a great Brady to reach the final

The Japanese reaches her third final in a Grand Slam. He won the previous two. Brady, revelation of the US Open, had a very good match and tournament.


Naomi Osaka agreed, not without suffering, to a new final of the US Open. The Japanese faced Jennifer Brady, the revelation of the tournament in the women's team. The North American reached her first quarterfinals at age 25. His late success has an explanation, and it is that he decided to go to university (UCLA) while beginning his career, something rare in tennis. In fact, Brady is the first college player to reach a US Open semifinal since Lori McNeill (Oklahoma State) in 1987. Osaka had to row to beat what is arguably the best drive on the women's circuit (with Serena's permission), and ended up beating Brady 7-6 (1), 3-6 and 6-3 in just over two hours.The Japanese has been proving intractable since the restart of the competition, winning all ten games she has played (she retired before the final of the Masters 1,000 in Cincinnati due to discomfort in her left thigh). With a spectacular bandage in that area, she appeared in the semifinals of the US Open, a tournament that she already won in 2018. Both players went into the game feeling each other, finding to decipher their opponent's weak points. They had not faced each other for two years, and the equality in the first round was such that only the tie break could decide it. There, Osaka's experience in these situations was noticed despite her still 22 years, and the former world number one was able to take the first set, demonstrating impressive leg speed. Surprisingly, Brady didn't lose his composure for a second after dropping a set in which he had played really well. The American took her powerful drive for a walk on numerous occasions, but no break came. In the first 19 games of the match, only Brady had a breaking chance, lost in the first set. Both players were very solid with their serve throughout the match, and it was in the twentieth game of the match that a series of unforced errors by the Japanese handed the set to Brady.

The critical moment of the match for Osaka was coming. Her mistakes and Brady's successes made us see how the Japanese gradually entered a negative dynamic, continuing with her failures. But that's when Osaka took out the claw of a two-time Grand Slam champion, and on her first break ball of the entire game, the Japanese was able to break Brady's solid serve. She did not give her arm to twist the American, who will be ranked 25th in the world and will be a tennis player to be reckoned with in the future. Osaka was able to certify victory in the cannonball duel (35 winners each), and returns to a final of a major tournament for the first time since the 2019 Australian Open, an event that he won. It will also be her second final in New York, after the one in 2018, in which she beat Serena Williams. At 22 years old, the Japanese continues to confirm herself as one of the best players of the moment, and will have the opportunity to win her third Grand Slam on Saturday in her third final, since she has never lost the match for the championship of a major.

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