Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic have been crowned the 2021 Australian Open champions in women’s and men’s singles, respectively. This was the second Aussie Open for Osaka, while Djokovic got his ninth title at Melbourne Park.
In the women’s singles finals on Saturday, Osaka faced this year’s sensation Jennifer Brady and emerged victorious in straight sets.
The first set saw a balanced competition, with Osaka and Brady being tied 4-4 at one point. Osaka then served for the 5-4 lead before breaking Brady and claiming the first set.
The second set, however, was less dramatic. Brady looked disheartened after giving away the first set, which Osaka took advantage of. Osaka sprinted towards the 4-0 lead and needed only four more games to get her fourth Grand Slam title.
Djokovic, on the other hand, had a surprisingly easy job against Daniil Medvedev, beating the high-flying Russian in straight sets.
Djokovic took the 3-0 lead in the first set, but Medvedev somehow managed to bounce back from the initial shock and level him up. Still, Djokovic didn’t allow him to complete the comeback, getting the crucial break to win 7-5.
The two remaining sets were a smooth sail for Djokovic, as Medvedev made errors often and plenty. He was only able to collect four games for the remainder of the match and will have to look for his first Grand Slam win elsewhere.