Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the women’s singles final
Osaka’s victory at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena gave the Japanese her fourth major crown.
Osaka has won her past 21 matches at all tournaments dating to last season.
Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title by pulling away to beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final.
Osaka used a six-game run from 4-all in the opening set Saturday to take control and improve to 4-0 in major finals. She is the first woman to start her career that way since Monica Seles did it 30 years ago.
Adding to the fraught emotion of the win was the fact that Osaka, 20, and her sister, Mari, were inspired to start playing tennis after seeing the Williams sisters on television. Their father, Leonard Francois, famously coached his daughters, using Richard Williams as his model.