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Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title Saturday, defeating Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final. It’s the second time Osaka has emerged victorious in Melbourne, the first coming in 2019. She has also captured two U.S. Open titles. The 23-year-old has the third-most Grand Slam championships of any active women behind Serena Williams (whom Osaka beat in the semifinals this week) and her sister, Venus, who have 23 and seven, respectively. In her post-match acceptance speech, Osaka noted the presence of the crowd, emblematic of Australia largely controlling the coronavirus pandemic within its borders. “I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with fans,” she said, referring to her 2020 U.S. Open run, “so just to have this energy, it means a lot.” [ESPN]


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