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Jennifer Brady v Naomi Osaka

(Reuters) - A look at the key facts and records of American Jennifer Brady and Japan’s Naomi Osaka before their U.S. Open semi-final on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding):

Sep 8, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan wearing a George Floyd mask hits balls into the stands after her win against Shelby Rogers of the United States in the women’s singles quarter-finals match on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Age: 25

WTA ranking: 41

Grand Slam titles: 0

Career WTA titles: 1

2019 U.S. Open performance: First round

Best U.S. Open performance: Semi-final (2020)


First round: Anna Blinkova (Russia) 6-3 6-2

Second round: Catherine Bellis (U.S.) 6-1 6-2

Third round: Caroline Garcia (France) 6-3 6-3

Fourth round: 17-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-1 6-4

Quarter-finals: 23-Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) 6-3 6-2

Brady, who has yet to drop a set at this year’s U.S. Open, has used her massive forehand and impressive court coverage to good effect during her run to the semi-finals as she chases a maiden major.

The aggressive American, whose lead-up to the U.S. Open included a maiden WTA title at Lexington, has beaten Osaka previously but lost in straight sets in their last meeting at Charleston two years ago.


Age: 22

WTA ranking: 9

Grand Slam titles: 2 (Australian Open 2019; U.S. Open 2018)

Career WTA titles: 5

2019 U.S. Open performance: Fourth round

Best U.S. Open performance: Winner (2018)


First round: Misaki Doi (Japan) 6-2 5-7 6-2

Second round: Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-1 6-2

Third round: Marta Kostyuk (Ukraine) 6-3 6-7(4) 6-2

Fourth round: 14-Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) 6-3 6-4

Quarter-finals: Shelby Rogers (U.S.) 6-3 6-4

The Japanese former champion has largely looked solid this year as she continues her quest for a second title at Flushing Meadows but faces a potentially tricky test against Brady.

Osaka’s left thigh has been strapped during her matches as she continues to manage a hamstring injury, but the 22-year-old has shown little signs of discomfort, moving superbly against her opponents.

HEAD TO HEAD: Tied at 1-1

2018 Osaka d Brady 6-4 6-4 (Charleston, clay)

2014 Brady d Osaka 6-4 6-4 (New Braunfels, hard)

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford