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Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams in Australian Open semifinals

Osaka defeated Williams 6-3 and 6-4, extending their winning streak to 20 games and advancing to the fourth major final.

Melbourne, Victoria — Again, Serena Williams won the record 24th Grand Slam singles title and played enough to reach the closing day of the major tournament.

And once again, Williams couldn’t do it perfectly — he lost to Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday (Wednesday night EST).

Osaka, which defeated Williams in the chaotic 2018 US Open final, reached its fourth major title match and extended its winning streak to 20 games.

Third-seeded Osaka also won the US Open last year in addition to the 2019 Australian Open.

On Saturday at 7:30 pm local time (3:30 am EST), Osaka will meet the first Grand Slam finalist of the championship. The 22nd Jennifer Brady of the United States was scheduled to face the 25th Karolina Muchova in the second semifinal on Thursday.

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One of the men’s semifinals was scheduled for Thursday. No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Athrun Zala, ranked 114th and is a Russian qualifier playing in his first Grand Slam tournament.

Djokovic is about to win the 9th Australian Open and the 18th Grand Slam trophy.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who lost after two sets of leads to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, tied for a men’s record of 20.

Audiences returned to Rod Laver Arena stands on Thursday after being banned from participating in the tournament for five days during the blockade of the local COVID-19. The stadium at Williams Osaka was able to accommodate about 7,000 people, about half the capacity.

The usher reminded fans that they would have to walk down the aisle and wear a mask or cover their nose and mouth when switching.

On the hottest day of hard court tournaments to date, at 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), Osaka got off to an unstable start. The second point of the match.

Then a double fault, a wild forehand, and finally a net backhand handed over the break. Williams soon climbed 2-0 and had a chance to lead 3-0 after a double fault in Osaka.

However, it didn’t take long for Osaka to correct itself.

Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams in Australian Open semifinals

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