Jennifer Brady vs. Naomi Osaka Betting Preview – Australian Open 2021 Final
Many wondered if Jennifer Brady’s excellent performance last year was a fluke and the American was quick to provide an answer in the 2021 Australian Open. She is going to play for a maiden Grand Slam title against Naomi Osaka on Saturday.
The Japanese is the one who ended Brady’s Cinderella run at the 2020 US Open, so I’m sure that the American will be eager to earn some sweet revenge in Melbourne.
I explore her chances in this Jennifer Brady vs. Naomi Osaka betting preview. The post includes my analysis of both players and the h2h history between them, the latest odds, my prediction, and a free betting pick.
Brady vs. Osaka Odds and Lines
You can see by the Jennifer Brady vs. Naomi Osaka odds of the top apps for tennis betting that there is a clear favorite in this match. Osaka already won the Australian Open in 2019 and has three Grand Slam titles to her name which is why she is expected to come out on top.
Jennifer Brady Is Here to Stay
The phenomenal performance of Jennifer Brady at the 2020 US Open was a huge surprise to me. You don’t see female players rise to the top, out of the blue at age 25, but the American did exactly that and her path to success is fascinating.
There was an argument to be made that the absence of many top players helped her, but Brady quickly proved that her run was not a coincidence. She stormed through the first four rounds of the 2021 Australian Open without losing a set.
The quarterfinal and semifinal were much harder, but Brady kept her composure to win both. You could see how much it meant to her as soon as the clash against Muchova in the last four was finished.
The American’s career took a while to get going and that makes her a very dangerous opponent. Brady takes nothing for granted and she fights until the very end.
Naomi Osaka Is Set to Dominate for Years
Some parts of 2019 and 2020 were tough for Naomi Osaka, but the star has returned stronger than ever. She was great in the 2020 US Open and continued her strong form in Melbourne this year.
Osaka lost only one set on the road to the final and it was against the mighty impressive Garbine Muguruza. She managed to beat every other opponent somewhat comfortably, including the iconic Serena Williams in the semifinals.
The world number three has been her usual aggressive self and my Australian Open 2021 final prediction is that we’ll see more of the same by Osaka.
She has met Brady three times before and knows how tough the American is. The Japanese lost her first clash against Brady way back in 2014 when they were playing at youth level, but won the next two.
The last meeting came in the US Open 2020 semifinal when Osaka overcame her opponent after three sets. I won’t be shocked if we see something similar in Melbourne, but I believe that it might be easier for the favorite this time around.
Brady vs. Osaka Pick
I’m not sure if this clash will be as competitive as the one last year. There’s zero chance that Osaka underestimates Brady here and she’s been the best player in the tournament so far.
I think there’s a good chance that the favorite ends this one in two sets and the under 20 games outcome at the price of +100 looks like the best betting pick for the Australian Open 2021 women’s final.