Naomi Osaka denies Serena Williams a shot at record-tying 24th major title at Australian Open

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Naomi Osaka denies Serena Williams a shot at record-tying 24th major title at Australian Open
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The extremely anticipated ladies singles semifinal at Rod Laver Environment had a noticeable buzz from crowds returning to the stands for the primary time after a five-day lockdown, the results of a small coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne which led the state authorities to impose snap Covid-19 containment measures.

Osaka gained the match 6-3, 6-Four to advance to the Australian Open closing for the second time. She has now gained 20 consecutive matches, final dropping in February final yr.

“I do not know if there’s any little youngsters out right here at the moment, however I used to be just a little child watching her play,” Osaka stated of Williams on court docket after the win. “Simply to be on the court docket taking part in towards her for me is a dream.”

Williams, 39, embraced Osaka after the match. She then waved to the group as she departed, placing a hand over her coronary heart.

Williams was requested in a post-match information convention if the gesture meant farewell.

“I do not know. If I ever say farewell, I would not inform anybody, so,” she stated.

Williams (left) congratulates Osaka on her win.

Visibly emotional, Williams left the information convention after the subsequent query.

After the information convention, Williams posted the next on Instagram: “Melbourne and my Australian fans- Immediately was not ultimate consequence or efficiency nevertheless it occurs… I’m so honored to have the ability to play in entrance of you all. Your help -your cheers, I solely want I may have accomplished higher for you at the moment. I’m endlessly in debt and grateful to every and everybody single one in every of you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I am keen on you.”
Williams’ last major title was on the 2017 Australian Open, when she was eight weeks pregnant. That is her first loss in an Australian Open semifinal, having beforehand gone 8-Zero at that stage within the event.
Osaka, the reigning US Open champion and winner of the 2019 Australian Open, is undefeated in grand slam semifinals and finals. All of her profession titles — together with her three majors — have come on exhausting courts. She now has a 3-1 profession report towards Williams, together with when she defeated Williams within the infamous 2018 US Open final.
Osaka plays a backhand against Williams.

Osaka is the heavy favourite within the closing on Saturday. She is going to face No. 22 seed Jennifer Brady of the USA, who defeated No. 25 seed Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 3-6, 6-Four within the second semifinal. Of their final assembly, the US Open semifinals 5 months in the past, Osaka defeated Brady 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3.

At age 25, this will likely be Brady’s first main closing.

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