In her junior playing days Jennifer Brady was repeatedly told by her coaches that she had the potential to be a great tennis player but it was not until last year that the American believed in her own ability.
The 25-year-old, ranked 24th in the world, reached her maiden Grand Slam final on Thursday when she overpowered Czech Karolina Muchova 6-4 3-6 6-4 in the Australian Open semifinal.
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She will slug it out with Japanese Naomi Osaka on Saturday.
“I would say throughout my junior career, all the coaches that I had … were always telling me I had potential to be a great tennis player,” Brady told reporters.