Jennifer Brady said she was so overwhelmed by reaching the Australian Open final she ‘could not feel her legs’ afterwards.
The American won a rollercoaster clash with Karolina Muchova on Thursday to earn the right to play Naomi Osaka for her first Grand Slam title on Saturday.
However, she may need all of the time between now and then to recover both emotionally and physically after admitting the semi-final had taken it out of her.
“I can’t feel my legs,” Brady said post-match. “My legs are shaking and my heart is racing.
“I came out a little strange today. I felt super excited but at the same time I was pretty flat-footed. My legs felt fresh but at the same time they just weren’t moving.
“I didn’t really pick up my intensity until the beginning of the third set.
On her upcoming match against Osaka, Brady added: “I’m excited to be in the final of the Australian Open.
“It’s an incredible achievement. It will be a really tough match. Osaka’s won a few grand slams, we had a tough match at the US Open in the semi-finals.
“She even said it was one of her top two matches which was a little bit unfortunate for me at the time but I think it will be a really good match and I hope the fans can come out and enjoy it.”
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