Naomi Osaka denies Serena Williams a shot at record-tying 24th major title at Australian Open
There was a notable buzz from the crowd returning to the stand for the first time after a five-day lockdown in the highly anticipated women’s singles semi-final at Rod Laver Arena, a small coronovirus outbreak in Melbourne that resulted in the state government implementing the snap COVID-19
Osaka won the match 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the final of the Australian Open for the second time. He has now won 20 matches in a row, losing in February last year.
Osaka said on the court after the win, “I don’t know if there’s a little kid today, but I was watching his play.” “It is a dream for me to play against him on the court.”
Williams, 39, hugged Osaka after the match. He turned his hand to the crowd when he laid his hand on her heart.
At the post-match news conference, Williams was asked whether the gesture meant farewell.
“I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I won’t tell anyone,” she said.
Possibly emotionally, Williams left the news conference after the next question.
After the news conference, Williams posted the following instagram
: “Melbourne and my Australian fans- Today was not an ideal result or performance, but it happens … I feel honored to be able to play in front of you all. Your support — your cheers, that’s all I want I wish I could have done better. For today. I am forever in debt and thankful to every one of you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you Love you. “
Williams’ last major title
Was at the 2017 Australian Open, when she was eight weeks pregnant. This is his first loss in an Australian Open semi-final, 8–0 ahead at that level in the first tournament.
Osaka, the US Open champion and winner of the 2019 Australian Open, is undefeated in the Grand Slam semi-finals and finals. All of her career titles – including her three reigns – have come on tough courts. He now holds a 3–1 career record against Williams, in which he defeated Williams The infamous 2018 US Open final.
Osaka is a heavy favorite in the finals on Saturday. She will take on No. 22 seed Jennifer Brady of the United States, who defeated the Czech Republic’s No. 25 seed Carolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the second semi-final. Five months ago in the semi-finals of the US Open, Osaka defeated Brady 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3.
At age 25, it will be Brady’s first major final.