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By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka gave Jennifer Brady a Grand Slam tennis lesson as she pulled off a 6-4, 6-3 victory to claim her second Australian Open title on Saturday and cement her position as the new queen of the women’s game. Osaka’s victory over the 22nd American in an illuminated Rod Laver Arena gave the Japanese her fourth major crown. Fans hoping for a replay of last year’s gripping US Open semifinal were disappointed when Brady froze in the spotlight of his first Grand Slam final. Osaka, the third-seeded, played slightly below her best tennis, but it was more than enough as she secured six straight games to take the first set and took a 4-0 lead in the second. Brady belatedly conjured up some resistance to break Osaka against the flow of the game and return to 5-3. But the American withdrew when she started, with mistakes flying off her racket. Osaka served the match to love, with a great serve sealing it when Brady hit a long forehand.