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Jennifer Brady insists Naomi Osaka is not seen as a God like Serena Williams. The world No 24 went on an incredible run to reach the Australian Open final, where she lost to Osaka in straight sets.
Osaka won the fourth Grand Slam title of her career and will move up to second in the world rankings.
Many pundits and players are tipping the Japanese star to go on and dominate the women’s game.
However, Brady does not get the feeling that Osaka has reached the level which 23-time Major winner Williams did during her peak.
“I don’t really see her much,” Brady said of Osaka. “I don’t think there is something that’s intangible about her. I think, you know, she’s human, like the rest of us in this room.
“She’s just, you know, brings out her best in the big moments and, yeah, she’s obviously – like you said, she’s won four Grand Slam titles.
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“She knows what she’s doing out there. She’s confident in herself, her game, her team.
“But I don’t think, you know, she’s God. I think maybe Serena is. Maybe she’ll get there, I don’t know.
“But, yeah, I mean, obviously she’s a great tennis player, but maybe we’re not so different from… so, yeah.”
Brady had to spend two weeks in hard quarantine when she arrived in Australian ahead of the warm-up events.
And the 25-year-old joked she may have gone a step further had she not been confined to her hotel room for 14 days.
She added: “I mean, I made my first Grand Slam final, so maybe if I wasn’t in quarantine I would have won (smiling). Maybe.”
“Yeah, I don’t think it really hampered me much. Who knows? You know, you really don’t know.
“But I think Australia is doing a great job. I mean, their cases are, I don’t know, correct me if I’m wrong, zero right now?
“But, yeah, I mean, we’re able to live a normal life, go out for dinner, and that’s something that, you know, we haven’t done in a long time.
“I don’t want to leave Australia. Unfortunately I have to. Yeah, I’m a little bit sad about that.”
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