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Naomi Osaka Beats Jennifer Brady at Australian Open 2021 for Her 4th Grand Slam Title

Japan’s Naomi Osaka,  beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 at the Australian Open. She has won every Grand Slam final she has reached.

She is 4 for 4 in Grand Slam finals, a feat achieved in the Open era only by Monica Seles on her way to nine total championships and Roger Federer on his way to 20.

Osaka is now on a 21-match winning streak, winning her second straight Grand Slam after the US Open in 2020 (she skipped French Open). Osaka is the first woman since Monica Seles to win her first four Major finals. The statistics after this win are plenty and impressive: only the fourth active woman to win more than three Majors, fourth straight year with a Grand Slam.

LEARNING WITH TIMES

The French Open is played on clay, which owes its red colour to the crushed brick which forms the upper layer of the surface. There are three layers in all – one of limestone, one of clinker and one of stone – as well as drainage pipes. Clay is the slowest of surfaces. Along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, the French Open is one of the four historic tennis tournaments which make up the legendary Grand Slam. The four tournaments all being played on different surfaces: Plexi cushion in Australia, Clay at Roland Garros, Grass at Wimbledon and Decoturf at the US Open. The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open are the four Grand Slam tournaments. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open in May/June, Wimbledon in June/July, and the US Open in August/September.

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