Brady reached his first Grand Slam semi-final in New York without dropping a set and saw no nerves. But Osaka’s firepower allowed him to get the American 28th seed in a high quality match.
Fourth seed Osaka, which won two consecutive Grand Slam titles in New York two years ago, fired 35 winners, and had 17 unforced errors inside Arthur Ash Stadium.
“It means a lot to me,” Osaka said of his return to the final of the US Open. “I consider New York my second home. I really love the atmosphere, although sadly there is no one here, I think this court really suits me well. ”
Asked what was most gratifying about the reaction to her decision to wear masks that unjustly displayed black Americans’ names to police or civilians, Osaka was on point.
“To me, I feel like I’m reaching people,” she says. “I think in this bubble I am not sure what is happening in the outside world. Even a couple of days ago when I received a video message [from the parents of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery], For me it was really touching. I and everyone I know cried. Just knowing that people are listening to my voice. ”
Osaka’s victory ended a stunning US Open run for Brady, whose previous best Grand Slam performance came in 2017 when she reached the fourth round in Melbourne and New York.