Naomi Osaka sent stern Jennifer Brady warning ahead of Australian Open final

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Three-time Australian Open winner Mats Wilander believes Jennifer Brady has the type of game that could upset Naomi Osaka in today’s final. Osaka goes into the showpiece in the Rod Laver Arena as the overwhelming favourite to win her fourth Grand Slam, after beating Serena Williams in the semi-finals.

Brady meanwhile, is in her first slam final after beating Karolina Muchova in three sets in her final four match.

The two have met on three previous occasions, with Osaka winning the last two, including last year’s US Open semi-final.

But former world No.1 Wilander believes that if anyone can beat Osaka, Brady may be the person.

“No, Osaka won’t underestimate Brady,” Wilander said in the Eurosport Cube.

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“But if there is someone who can beat her, Jennifer Brady has a bit of a different game. She’s got that big forehand with a lot of top spin that could push Osaka back.

“She also has a very good serve, Brady. She’s got a good kick on the second serve, so I think she has to move Osaka off the ball with spins.

“The only weakness I see in Brady is when they are going toe-to-toe with the backhand cross-courts. Osaka is so good in that pattern.

“Osaka is clearly the favourite, but in terms of the level of tennis, this will be high, high quality.”

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Similarly, former British No.1 Tim Henman has urged Osaka to not underestimate Brady, who has just won one career title.

“I think the final between Osaka and Brady is a great match-up, Henman explained to Eurosport.

“Obviously you’ve got a former Grand Slam champions [Osaka], playing someone in there first final [Brady].

“It’s always going to be interesting to see how the two players deal with that. I think Osaka is definitely the favourite, but Brady has played some big matches this fortnight and she’s played some big matches in the past. She definitely shouldn’t be underestimated.”

Although Henman isn’t ruling out an unlikely victory for Brady, he does believe that her opponent is currently the best player in the world.

Osaka came into the fortnight in Melbourne as the third ranked player in the women’s game, with only Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, but Henman believes that is a false position.

“Irrespective of Osaka’s ranking, she is the best player in the world right now,” he added. “And this another great opportunity to get another Grand Slam title under her belt.

“How far can she go? Who knows? I’d be surprised if she doesn’t get to double figures in Grand Slam titles.”

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