Australian Open 2021 Women's Final: Winner, Score and Twitter Reaction

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2021

Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating United States' Jennifer Brady in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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Naomi Osaka maintained her dominance at hard-court majors by defeating Jennifer Brady in straight sets in the 2021 Australian Open women's singles final.

Osaka claimed her fourth Grand Slam title Saturday by defeating the American, 6-4, 6-3, inside Rod Laver Arena.

#AusOpen @AustralianOpen

𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓂𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓃𝓉. When @naomiosaka became our 2021 Women's Singles champion 🏆 #AO2021 | #AusOpen https://t.co/Id3ZZhaJHh

The 23-year-old's four Grand Slam championships have all occurred on hard courts. She won the 2019 Australian Open and 2018 and 2020 U.S. Opens.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Fourth major title: ✅ @naomiosaka's rise to the top ⬇️ https://t.co/Ie1YN7sxZR

Saturday's victory extended Osaka's winning streak to 21 and continued her perfect record in quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of Grand Slams, as WTA Insider highlighted:

WTA Insider @WTA_insider

Naomi Osaka is the 2021 Australian Open champion. @naomiosaka defeats Jennifer Brady 64 63. The World No.3 wins her 4th major title, tallies her 21st consecutive win, and is now 12-0 when she reaches the quarterfinal stage at a Slam. #AusOpen https://t.co/4WrFHfmuw7

This is the second time Osaka has won back-to-back majors in her career. Osaka and Serena Williams are the only women to win consecutive majors since 2010.

To reach the final, Osaka had to navigate the tougher side of the women's singles draw. She defeated two Grand Slam champions in Williams and Garbine Muguruza, as well as No. 27 seed Ons Jabeur.

Osaka joined Williams among a rare collection of women's singles players who have won majors in four straight seasons, per NBC Sports' Nick Zaccardi:

Nick Zaccardi @nzaccardi

Women to win Grand Slam singles titles in four consecutive years (Open Era) Billie Jean King Evonne Goolagong Chris Evert Martina Navratilova Steffi Graf Monica Seles Justine Henin Serena Williams Naomi Osaka

Osaka, Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters form the small collection of active women on the WTA Tour who have won four majors. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the only active men with four or more Grand Slam titles, per Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Naomi Osaka joins truly elite company by winning her fourth Slam title, beating Brady 6-4, 6-3 for her second #AusOpen title. Active players with four or more Slam singles titles: Serena Williams Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Venus Williams Kim Clijsters Naomi Osaka

The 23-year-old joined an even smaller list by winning her first four major finals. Only Monica Seles and Federer also reached that milestone in the Open Era, per Rothenberg:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Players to win their first four Slam finals in the Open era (since 1968): Monica Seles Roger Federer Naomi Osaka That’s the whole list. #AusOpen

There are plenty of experts who believe Osaka is only just getting started with her major haul. ESPN's Chris Evert said Osaka is "breaking away from the pack" (h/t TSN Tennis):

TSN Tennis @TSNTennis

"She's breaking away from the pack. It's all about Naomi." -Chris Evert

Since Osaka won her first major title at the 2018 U.S. Open, she is the only woman to have won multiple Grand Slams. Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek each have a single triumph in that stretch.

While she is known as the preeminent hard-court player, Osaka has a chance to expand her dominance to the other surfaces. ESPN's Brad Gilbert noted that Wimbledon should be the next major Osaka tries to win and argued there is "no reason why she won't get better on clay."

Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnation

Double Osaka is the humble great champion 💪😎👊👍and looks like she is about to dominate the women’s game. Absolutely no reason why she won’t get better on clay and @Wimbledon should next one ☝️ up that she should get number 5

Osaka has not gotten past the third round at the French Open or Wimbledon, but if she improves on clay and grass in the coming years, she has a chance to take over the women's game.