TOKYO, Japan — Naomi Osaka, a Japanese tennis player, captured her second Australian Open title on Saturday, proving that no obstacle is too great for her. In her four Grand Slam final appearances, she has never lost.
“Right now, I’m trying to go for five,” she said after the match to reporters. “I like to look at stuff from a narrower viewpoint. I tend to be present in the moment.
“But I don’t want to place any burden or demands on myself. I’m aware that the players I’m up against are among the best in the world, and I’m sure that when the time comes for me to win another Grand Slam, it will.”
Jennifer Brady, her opponent, was a familiar face. In September, the two faced off in the semifinals of the US Open in a marathon match that lasted more than two hours.
Osaka prevailed in three sets over the American. “I’ve never had to physically and mentally fight so hard,” Osaka has said of that match.
But this time, the 23-year-old prevailed in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to join Roger Federer and Monica Seles as the only players in history to win all four Grand Slam finals.