Former world number two Alex Corretja says the Australian Open title is there for the taking for Naomi Osaka.
Osaka will face Jennifer Brady in Saturday’s final as she attempts to win a fourth Grand Slam title.
The Japanese star has certainly been tested in the tournament so far, knocking both Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams out of the competition.
Brady, by comparison, is playing her first ever Grand Slam final, and Eurosport expert Corretja thinks the result will depend entirely upon Osaka’s mindset on the day.
“I would say for Naomi Osaka it was expected that she would be in the final rounds,” Corretja said.
“For me, the key moment for her was beating Garbine Muguruza.
“I felt at the time that whoever won that match would have a big chance to win the tournament, Naomi got through and from then on I think she has played very good, very aggressive and she is serving unbelievable.
“She is moving very well, and she’s hitting hard.
“I think she’s clearly the favourite, she’s got more experience and she beat Jennifer at the US Open but this a totally different thing, this is a final and experience makes a big difference.
“Brady serves great, she has a great forehand, a good backhand but I’m not sure she will have too much time to dictate with her forehand against Naomi that she likes to do and get the position on the court.
“She likes to dominate. I think for Brady it is a little bit of a surprise she is the final but all the credit to her because she has taken her chance very well.
“I am expecting a good final, but I think everything depends on Osaka.”
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