2021 Australian Open odds, women’s final predictions: Top tennis expert reveals Osaka vs. Brady picks

Naomi Osaka can strengthen her argument as the best player in the world when she battles Jennifer Brady in the 2021 Australian Open finals. The 23-year-old Osaka has won three of the last eight grand slams and three of the last seven majors in which she has played. On Saturday, she’ll square off against Brady, a 25-year-old former UCLA tennis star who will be appearing in her first grand slam final.

The match is set to begin at 3:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. William Hill Sportsbook lists Osaka as a -550 favorite in the latest Osaka vs. Brady odds, with Brady listed as a +425 underdog. You can also pick whether Osaka will cover a 4.5-game spread and how many games the match will last, among other Brady vs. Osaka bets. Before making any Brady vs. Osaka picks, see the Australian Open 2021 predictions from elite tennis handicapper Gavin Mair.

Mair is the international women’s tennis expert who called unseeded Jelena Ostapenko (80-1) winning the 2017 French Open, Osaka (32-1) winning the 2018 U.S. Open and Bianca Andreescu (20-1) winning the 2019 U.S. Open. 

Before the women’s singles final in the most recent Grand Slam, the French Open, Mair picked Iga Swiatek to win (-163) and win in straight sets (+140), and he was right on both counts as the 19-year-old beat Simona Halep for her first title. And earlier this week Mair correctly called Osaka to beat Serena Williams (-150).

Now, Mair has broken down the latest 2021 Australian Open women’s final and released his coveted best bets for Osaka vs. Brady. He’s sharing all his picks and analysis here.

Naomi Osaka vs. Jennifer Brady preview

Osaka plays best when the lights are the brightest. Of her six career WTA titles, three are grand slams. With a win on Saturday, she would have four major titles by the age of 23. By comparison, Maria Sharapova was 25 when she won her fourth grand slam, while Venus Williams and Justine Henin, who won seven majors, were 21 at the time of their fourth. Osaka doesn’t turn 24 until October.

In addition, Osaka has ridden a lethal serve to the final. In six matches in Melbourne, the 5-foot-11 Osaka has hit 44 aces, which leads the field and is nine more than Serena Williams and 12 more than Brady. Osaka has won 79.5 percent of her first serve points during the Australian Open 2021, the best percentage of any player who reached at least the second round.

Like Osaka, Brady has shined on hard court grand slams. Prior to the Australian Open 2021, she cruised to the semifinals in last year’s U.S. Open without dropping a set. In the semis, she ran into Osaka and battled valiantly before losing in three sets.

Win or lose, Brady’s career has been on an upward trajectory. In 2019, she started working with coach Michael Geserer in Germany, leading to a breakthrough 2020 season. She beat Maria Sharapova and top-ranked Ashleigh Barty to start the year, won 12 of her first 17 matches before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the sport, and then won her first WTA title in Lexington in August before her U.S. Open run.

How to make Brady vs. Osaka picks

Will Osaka win her fourth grand slam title, or will Brady win her first? Mair’s picks include a play on the outright winner and advice on how many games the match will go. Be sure to see Mair’s picks and analysis before making your Australian Open 2021 picks for the women’s final.

Who wins Brady vs. Osaka in the 2021 Australian Open women’s single finals? And which pick is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair’s Brady vs. Osaka bets, all from the acclaimed expert who hit big in the last Grand Slam women’s final.

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