In a recent interview, Tommy Haas talked about the Japanese and also about other topics. About Osaka, former German player said: "She's the favorite because she's won three Slams". She was one of the 72 players in full quarantine after someone tested positive on her flight.
She is a good competitor, which is huge.
"I'm just proud and honoured to be playing at the same time she does and to see her greatness, experience her greatness is a thrill", added the Serb.
Williams burst into tears during her press-conference following her 6-3 6-4 semi-final defeat at the hands of Naomi Osaka, prompting many to believe it might be her last time at Melbourne Park. "I think I fight the hardest in the finals". Some of the shots she was hitting, how flat inside-out forehands and backhands, and her mentality of just being aggressive, and her movement, and especially her serve. I think that's where you sort of set yourself apart.
"I remember playing her in this tournament, it may have been like a lower-level challenger event".
During the pre-match coin toss, the silver women's trophy stood on a clear, plastic pedestal not far from Osaka on her side of the net.
Brady had never gone past the fourth round at a Grand Slam before reaching the last four at Flushing Meadows and says she will have to keep her emotions in check in the Melbourne final. Osaka won when the duo locked horns in the US Open semifinal a year ago.
Aus Open final between Brady and Osaka is on Saturday, 20 February, 2021.
The pair combined for 70 winners in a two hour, eight-minute skirmish that featured just two breaks of serve. "She's got something special".
In the men's final Sunday, No 1 Novak Djokovic will be seeking his ninth Australian Open championship and 18th Grand Slam trophy overall. The match popped with adrenalized rallies giving us a glimpse of a possible future rivalry-and now they meet again. But at the same time I haven't really watched many of her matches, but I do know that I play a little bit different now.
Unquestionably, Brady is a risky player who has the weapons to hold serve and pressure Osaka. "I think about that match a lot".
"There are going to be moments, games, points where I'm going to be thinking".
Osaka's demolition of Williams in the semi-final on Thursday ended the 39-year-old's latest attempt to win an elusive record-equalling 24th Slam title and reinforced the belief that a new generation is taking over from the American. There's a certain hard-headedness that comes with not winning a Slam before.