American Jennifer Brady reached her first Grand Slam final on Thursday afternoon by defeating Karolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Despite both players each only having one WTA title under their belt, Brady and Muchova both displayed why they deserved to be in a Grand Slam semi-final.
The hard-hitting affair was wrought elite shot making and high intensity. Both players dictated the play at certain times of the match, but ultimately it was Brady that was able to take control and close out the match.
“I was super focused, but my feet felt a little flat…I didn’t pick up my intensity until the beginning of the third set,” Brady said during her on-court interview.
The match was highly intense right until the final ball was struck, as the last game went for 11 minutes. The singular game itself was a whirlwind, as both players had chances to close it out. Ultimately, Brady held her nerve to serve it out and subsequently clinch her maiden Grand Slam final appearance.
Brady closed in on 3/3 break points.
“I can’t feel my legs, my legs are shaking, my heart is racing,”Brady said straight after the match.
The 25-year-old will now face World No.3 Naomi Osaka in the final; “I think it will be a really good match,” Brady told Casey Dellacqua.
The American said she will “just try to prepare the way I prepare for every match, I’m sure I will be nervous, but I am super excited.”
Brady lost to Osaka in the semi-final at the U.S. Open 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, in which the eventual winner said she played one of her best matches ever.
For now, Brady will soak up the win.