To say that Jennifer Brady is making some noise down under would be an understatement. The 21-year-old native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is ranked No. 116 among WTA players which makes her recent victories at the Australian Open even more remarkable.
In one of the most exciting matches matches thus far in the tournament, Brady saved five match points and defeated Britain’s No.2 Heather Watson 10-8 in the third set to advance to the third round.
Brady then continued her dazzling run Saturday, defeating No. 14 seed Elena Vesnina 7-6 (4), 6-2. (watch highlights here)
Brady’s fourth-round opponent will be another surprise contender: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who came back to defeat Maria Sakkari 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday.
“It feels amazing.” Brady said. “I didn’t expect to, you know, make it all the way until second week.”
A product of the Evert Tennis Academy, Brady attended college at UCLA and played for two years. Now she is starting her second year on WTA tour and playing in her favorite tournament.