It looks like Osaka saving match point against Muguruza earlier in the tournament was basically her winning the tournament then. She brushed aside American Jen Brady 6-3 6-4 to lift a second Aussie Open crown. Brady started confidently holding serve solidly and confidently for a first time finalist. At 1-1 Osaka broke to love and held to lead 3-1. Brady broke back at 3-2 and held as well to set up a competitive set finale. Brady will be kicking herself for not converting break point at 4-4 30-40 . That proved to be costly as in the next match she blew a 40-15 game points times 2 to eventually drop serve to hand set to the second seed.
Osaka started to control games in the second set helped by unforced errors by Brady.Naomi led 4-0 in firm command of the set with Brady running out of shots. She refused to die though pushing back to 4-2. But there was not denying Osaka who wrapped up the title in a love service game thanks to 4 unforced errors in a row. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the American Jen Brady. Lord,we have seen so many first time finalist fade into oblivion in recent times. One hopes its no fluke.