Osaka downs Brady to reach US Open final

Osaka’s firepower allows her to get past the American in three sets. (AP pic)

NEW YORK: Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka advanced to the US Open final for the second time in her career with a 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3 victory over big-hitting Jennifer Brady on Thursday.

Brady arrived at her first Grand Slam semifinal without having dropped a set in New York and did not show any nerves but Osaka’s firepower allowed her to get by the American 28th seed in a high-quality match.

Fourth seed Osaka, who two years ago in New York won the first of two consecutive Grand Slam titles, fired 35 winners and had 17 unforced errors inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Osaka’s victory ended a splendid US Open run for Brady, whose previous best Grand Slam performances came in 2017 when she reached the fourth round in Melbourne and New York.

Up next for Osaka will be either third seed Serena Williams or former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.