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Dan Hunter 19 Feb 2021
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Jennifer Brady vs Naomi Osaka Tips 


No.3 seed and bookies favourite Naomi Osaka of Japan takes on Jenifer Brady of the United States on Saturday for the Australian Open trophy. Osaka is chasing her fourth slam trophy, while Brady, the 22nd seed, is playing in her first slam final. 

Naomi Osaka is going to be a major threat for many years to come. Osaka has that combination of speed about the court and devastating power rarely seen in women’s tennis. Steffi Graf had it, but only on her forehand side, electing to slice her backhand. Osaka has lights-out power on her forehand and backhand, and serves big also. 

Brady is playing in the biggest match of her life, taking on the world’s best player in the final of the Australian Open. That said, she is likely to be less nervous than Osaka, as there is no pressure, nor expectation on her shoulders. Because of that, I’m going with Brady to win the opening set before Osaka takes control and with it the championship. 

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Head to Head


These two have played each other three times previously, with Osaka leading their head to head 3-1. Their first encounter took place back in 2014 at the WTA event in New Braunfels, where a 19-year old Brady defeated Osaka – then a 16-year old neophyte – 6-4 6-4. 

Their next match was in Charleston in 2018, and a 20-year old Osaka, seeded 10 and soon to win the US Open, beat Brady 6-4 6-4. Finally, last year in the semifinals of the US Open Osaka defeated Brady in a hard-fought 3-setter 7-6 3-6 6-3. 

Naomi Osaka Form

 
After losing her way for a while in her tennis career, Osaka is back and fully focused, and gunning for a second straight major and fourth overall. She is unbeaten in 2021 and yet to drop a set in Melbourne. From her opening match – defeating the dangerous Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-3, she has been the frontrunner for the title. 

Osaka’s biggest threat came in the third round, when she faced 14th seed Garbine Muguruza a two-time slam winner and probably the biggest hitter on the WTA tour. Osaka had to stay laser focused but emerged victorious 4-6 6-4 7-5. 

In the semis Osaka faced 39-year old Serena Williams. A nervy Osaka went 2-0 down, before calming herself and putting on a master class of power tennis, taking the match 6-3 6-4. 

Jennifer Brady Form 


After winning her first two matches Brady faced her first seed in 28th seed Donna Vekic. Vekic has been better known as the (former) girlfriend of Stan Wawrinka than her tennis lately, and Brady won comfortably 6-1 7-5. 

In the quarterfinals Brady faced her countrywoman, the pugnacious Jessiac Pegula, who had taken out 12th seed Victoria Azarenka and 5th seed Elina Svitolina. After dropping the opening set, Brady dominated the match, winning 4-6 6-2 6-1, Suddenly Brady was looking dangerous, and in her semifinal faced 25th seed Karolina Muchova.

Muchova had defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 6th seed Karolina Pliskova and world no.1 Ashleigh Barty. Brady won the first set 6-4, but Muchova fought back, won the second set 6-3 and eventually served for a 5-3 lead in the third, before Brady broke back, held her nerve and took the set 6-4 and with it the match.  

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Verdict

Make no mistake, Jennifer Brady is a far better player than her WTA ranking of 24 would suggest. If she can improve on her consistency she will be top-10 for sure. However, in Osaka we have a player who is showing signs of greatness, and can do everything that Brady does, just much better.
 
The only concern about Osaka right now is her mental toughness, and she does get nervy on the big occasion. That’s why I can see Brady taking the opening set before Osaka hits back to edge the second and then run away with the third for her second Australian Open trophy.

Best Bet: Brady To Win a Set @120.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: 3 Sets Total Sets @188.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Best Bet: 2-1 Osaka Set Betting @300.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Brady Set 1 Winner @250.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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