how to see: The match airs on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN + on Saturday at 3:30 PM Eastern Time. An encore will be shown on ESPN2 at 8 am.
Australian Open women’s singles finalists Naomi Osaka, 2019 champion, Jennifer Brady, against Grand Slam finalists for the first time. Follow some story lines here:
Osaka may hit a milestone No women have arrived since 2012.
23-year-old Naomi Osaka, the world’s highest-grossing female athlete and three-time Grand Slam champion, has already established herself as a global sports superstar.
If Osaka adds another title, he will reach Rare Air.
Maria Sharapova was the last woman to win the fourth Grand Slam title at the 2012 French Open. The Williams sisters and the Big 3 men (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) all arrived four days earlier. Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber each have three.
Even with a fourth title, Osaka will still have room to prove itself beyond Hardcore. She So far the fourth round or the grass of Wimbledon has not been reached on the ground of French Open.
Brady is part of a strong group of American women.
Compared to American men’s tennis, which has no player in the world’s top 20 and has not produced a Grand Slam winner since 2003, there is a plethora of talent in the ranks of American women. Jennifer Brady, 25, is set to become the third American woman to win a Grand Slam title since Serena Williams won her most recently at the 2017 Australian Open. She Sloan Stephens, who won the 2017 United States Open, and Sophia Kainin, who won last year’s Australian Open.
Given that four other American women have reached the Grand Slam semi-finals in that slam – Madison Keys, Danielle Collins, Amanda Anisimova and Cucco Vandeweghe – it is clear that Brady needs to lift the full weight of a nation’s expectations Has been helped.
This is not how you start.
Tennis players arriving in Australia prepare under different conditions during the 14-day quarantine.
Brady was one of the players who had to complete the so-called tough quarantine – meaning he was not allowed to leave his hotel room for 14 days – as a man on his charter flight to Australia reported positive for coronovirus Did the test. She Many of her peers lost the practice privileges.
Despite a positive attitude and a helping hand to his coaching team, Brady persevered: She Was the only woman to have experienced a difficult quarantine and advanced to the fourth round of the tournament.
Osaka, by contrast, was one of the top players sent to the completely different city of Adelaide, where he enjoyed greater access to the courts and outdoor balconies in larger spaces.
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The last match between Osaka and Brady – the 2020 US Open semi-final – may have been one of the best in recent tennis history, with Osaka prevailing, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3, in a large barrage. Is killing
Even after winning three Grand Slam finals, each in a dramatic way, Osaka sang the match as a single, which stuck with him.
“This is one of my most memorable matches,” Osaka said on Thursday. “I think it was just super high quality throughout.”
Brady was torn as to whether the loss he had experienced would help him in the final.
“I think I can remove the positivity from that match and maybe learn what I did wrong that I couldn’t come up with the result,” Brady said on Thursday. “But not also, because I also don’t want to compare matches or performance and try to repeat it, because every match is different.”
Brady and Osaka go back.
Osaka was born in Japan, and Brady in Pennsylvania, but the two faced each other in their tennis careers. They both went to tennis hotbeds in Florida as children and played each other in youth tournaments there.
At the beginning of their professional careers, in the fall of 2014, Brady and Osaka faced off in the first round of the $ 50,000 International Tennis Federation in New Braunfels, Texas. Brady won the match 6-4, 6-4, but remembers being impressed by his opponent.
“I think she was probably inside the top 200, and I remember her playing,” Brady said Thursday. “I was like, ‘Wow, he kicks the ball a lot. She is going to be good.”