Australian Open runner-up Jennifer Brady suffers major setback ahead of 2022

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Australian Open runner-up Jennifer Brady suffers major setback ahead of 2022

2021 Australian runner-up Jennifer Brady is reportedly set to miss the Australian Open and be out until March. Brady, ranked at No.

25 in the world, made a strong start to the season as she made her maiden Grand Slam final at Melbourne Park. After missing the entire grass season, Brady returned to action at the Tokyo Olympics, where she lost in the first round.

Brady also played at the Cincinnati Masters, before putting an end to her season. Brady, a former world No. 13, will experience a ranking drop for not defending points from her 2021 Australian Open campaign. Brady stood no chance in the Australian Open final as former world No.

1 Naomi Osaka claimed a routine 6-4 6-3 win. "She plays so aggressive that she puts so much pressure on you to perform well," said Brady after the final. "And that's something that not every tennis player has that ability to do."

Brady inspired by Osaka

"She's such an inspiration to us all, and what she's doing for the game is amazing in getting the sport out there," said Brady, who was seeded 22nd. "I hope young girls at home are watching and inspired by what she's doing."

Osaka underlined she didn't want to finish runner-up to Brady. "You don't go into a final wanting to be the runner-up. For me, I feel like every opportunity that I play a Slam is an opportunity to win a Slam," said Osaka.

"So I think maybe I put that pressure on myself too much, but honestly, it's working out in my favor right now." Osaka had an interesting confession after the final. "This is going to sound really odd, but hopefully I play long enough to play a girl that said that I was once her favorite player or something," said Osaka, who signed autographs for fans after her victory.

"For me, I think that's the coolest thing that could ever happen to me. ... That's how the sport moves forward."