‘I know you’re probably crying right now Mom!’ – Jennifer Brady looking ahead after final defeat

Jennifer Brady said it was ‘special’ to play an Australian Open final, even if her mother was probably crying at home.

Brady lost out 6-4, 6-3 to Naomi Osaka in Melbourne in her first major final, but she gave a positive account of herself throughout.

Osaka has now won four Grand Slam titles, two US Opens and two Australian Open finals, and Brady wants to use her as the inspiration to chase her own ambitions.

“Firstly I’d like to congratulate Naomi,” Jennifer Brady said after the match.

“She’s such an inspiration to us all and what she’s doing for the game is amazing. I hope young girls at home are watching are inspired by what she’s doing.

“I’d like to congratulate her team. You’re obviously doing something special and she’s getting better every day.

“I’d like to say thanks to my team. Without you guys I wouldn’t be standing here tonight. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and let’s keep going for more.

“Mom, I know you’re watching right now in front of the TV, probably crying, so… it was special to play in front of fans. Tonight, it wasn’t meant to be, but hopefully there’s many more.”

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