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Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka results: Dominant Osaka advances to 2021 Australian Open finals

Serena Williams is inching nearer to historical past. The American wants two wins on the 2021 Australian Open to report her twenty fourth profession Grand Slam title and tie Margaret Court atop the checklist. The solely situation: she’ll face Naomi Osaka within the semifinals.

“First of all, I’m in the semifinal. That’s pretty awesome. So that’s exciting,” Williams, the tenth seed, mentioned after her straight-set win over No. 2 Simona Halep. “It doesn’t matter who I’m playing really in the semifinal. It’s a semifinal of a Grand Slam. No one gets there by chance, so I have got to be ready.”

It’s been a bit greater than 4 years since Williams gained a Grand Slam; she beat sister Venus on the Australian Open in 2017. She’s gained one match since: the Auckland Classic in 2020.

“She’s Serena, someone that I feel really intimidated when I see her on the other side of the court,” mentioned Osaka, who has crushed Williams twice earlier than.

Osaka, the No. 3 seed, superior to the semis with a commanding 6-2, 6-2 win over Su-Wei Hsieh (who upset Canada’s Bianca Andreescu within the second spherical). The 23-year-old’s solely robust match of the draw was the fourth spherical the place she confronted two match factors earlier than beating Garbiñe Muguruza. She’ll be trying to add to her assortment of {hardware} that features two U.S. Open (2018, 2020) and one Australian Open (2019) trophies.

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Wednesday’s marquee assembly marks the fourth time the 2 stars will meet. Williams’ lone win coming at Canada’s Rogers Cup in 2019. Osaka’s wins had been on the 2018 Miami Open and the 2018 U.S. Open. That Grand Slam assembly noticed Osaka, who’s 16 years Williams’ junior, win her first title. Her win, nonetheless, was marred by a verbal altercation between Williams and the chair umpire through the match that noticed her get three on-court violations and Osaka in tears on the finish as books rained down on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I know that everybody was cheering for her,” she mentioned. “I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”

According to Williams, the pair have put the Open behind them.

“I think we both have had closure, and we have reached out to each other,” mentioned Williams after her quarterfinal match at Melbourne Park. “I have definitely reached out.

“I feel she’s a fantastic competitor and he or she’s a cool cat.”

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka at the 2021 Australian Open. Follow below for complete results from the women’s singles semifinal match.

(3) Naomi Osaka def. (10) Serena Williams, 6-3, 6-4

Scores and results from the 2021 Australian Open women’s singles semifinal.

(All times are Eastern)

Second set: Osaka wins 6-4

Osaka wins 6-4

Osaka serving to close it out and begins with an ace. She then serves into the body and William’s return goes wide. On the next serve, she goes wide and Williams sends the mishit off court. Now matchpoint and after a short rally, Williams hits the backhand into the net and it’ll be Osaka in the final.

Osaka leads 5-4

Wow. What a cut by Osaka as she finds a ridiculous cross-court angle to go up 0-30. Williams then double faults to give Osaka three break point chances. Osaka only needs one as she again nails the backhand winner — this time an approach shot — cross-court.

Set tied 4-4

A shaky game for Osaka as she double faults twice and hands Williams three break points. She saves the first one as Williams sends a shot long and then gets Williams’ defensive backhand to go long to save the second. But then, Osaka double faults as the serve down the line is wide. 

Osaka leads 4-3

Williams responds with her own five-point service game that started with a backhand winner down the line into the open court and ended with Osaka sending the backhand return long.

Osaka leads 4-2

Well, that was a way to turn off the Serena surge. Osaka wins in five points and finishes the game with another ace — No. 5 of the match. 

Osaka leads 3-2

Trying to get back into things, Williams rips a forehand winner and lets out a yell as the crowd cheers — clearly behind her — to get the game to 15-all. She then gets Osaka to hit the ball into the net and once again looks around, as if to say: why can’t I do that on every point. Williams then gets up to 40-15 and closes the game out as Osaka hits the forehand into the net.

Osaka leads 3-1

After double faulting to make it 40-30, and then missing on her first serve, Osaka closes out the game with a big-time forehand winner down the line.

Osaka leads 2-1

We’re back on serve as Williams runs through a game in five points — including one ace and one serve that Osaka couldn’t get back.

Osaka leads 2-0

Williams with a backhand return winner to get it to 30-15 (Osaka serving) and it sounds like the crowd is behind the American. Osaka responds with an ace down the T and then an ace out wide. She’s definitely feeling that serve now.

Osaka leads 1-0

Williams with a big-time forehand behind Osaka to get things to 15-all and she yells out: ‘Make a shot.” Williams getting extra vocal however faces break level. Osaka closes out a 10-point rally with a backhand winner and takes Game No. 1.

First set: Osaka wins 6-3

Osaka wins 6-3

Serving to shut out the set, Osaka dominates and controls play as she wants simply 5 factors to take the sport and the set. She wanted simply 38 minutes to shut issues out; reminder — she trailed 2-0 to begin.

Osaka leads 5-3

Williams fires off her second ace of the set to get to 30-0 and closes issues out with a serve that Osaka barely will get her racquet head on to cease the bleeding (Osaka gained 5 straight video games).

Osaka leads 5-2

A 1-2-3-4 sport for Osaka that included an ace and Williams mishitting the return on sport level. Williams had an opportunity to go up a double break in Game 4 however could not end and can now serve to keep within the set.

Osaka leads 4-2

Okay. Osaka has undoubtedly settled in. Off a protracted rally, she hits the backhand winner down the road and will get two break factors herself. She finishes off the sport with one other forehand winner.

Osaka leads 3-2

Osaka appears to be settling in as she once more wails a forehand winner to get the service sport to 30-all. However, she follows it up with an unforced error and provides Williams one other break level alternative. The 23-year-old will get it to deuce as she will get Williams on the defensive and finishes with a backhand strategy winner. Osaka takes the set lead (deuce No. 2) after William’s forehand goes off the tape and broad. 

Set tied 2-2

Another sport that goes to deuce (after Williams had a pair of break factors) and Williams will get the benefit (and one other break level likelihood) off an amazing cross-court working backhander that Osaka cannot get again on the courtroom. Osaka, nonetheless, will get it again to deuce with a forehand rip that simply catches the road after which will get a break level likelihood. Williams ultimately sends a forehand lengthy and we’re again on serve.

Williams leads 2-1

Williams with one other break level likelihood however Osaka will get it to deuce after which will get out of hassle profitable the following two factors — the sport level with an ace down the T.

Williams leads 2-0

Williams begins off her first service sport firing off an ace. Two factors later, Williams will get Osaka to play a defensive shot and the spry 39-year-old hits the swinging volley within the open courtroom to go up 40-0. Williams closes issues out regardless of solely getting one first serve in. 

Williams leads 1-0

Osaka serves to begin and the telecast experiences she struggled to discover her toss throughout warmups. She then proceeds to double fault to make it 15-30 earlier than hitting a shot broad to give Williams an early break alternative. Osaka saves the primary break level however then hits a backhand within the internet on the following level to give Williams the break.

Pregame

10:16 p.m. — Match begins with Osaka serving.

10:10 p.m. — Warm-ups underway. Osaka, by the best way, has gained 19 straight matches. Serena has gained her final 12 matches towards a participant within the high 3 at Grand Slams (final loss was to No. 1 Justine Henin on the 2007 U.S. Open).

10:07 p.m. — Players stroll out. Osaka takes all of it in as there are some followers within the stands.

Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka begin time

  • Time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: ESPN2, Tennis Channel
  • Live stream:   ESPN+ , fuboTV

The Australian Open girls’s singles semifinal between Serena Williams and Noami Osaka might be broadcast stay on ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel beginning at 10 p.m. ET. You may stream the match stay with ESPN+ or fuboTV. Viewers in Canada can watch the match on TSN1/5.

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Australian Open schedule 2021

The winner of Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaki will advance to the Australian Open finals, which might be performed early Saturday morning in North America. The girls’s singles last is scheduled to begin at 3:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. PT and might be broadcast stay on ESPN in the United States.

Thursday, Feb. 18 Men’s semifinals 3:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. ESPN
  Women’s doubles last 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. Tennis Channel
Friday, Feb. 19 Mixed doubles semis, Women’s doubles last 12 a.m.  ESPN+
  Men’s semifinals 3:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. ESPN
Saturday, Feb. 20 Women’s last 3:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. ESPN, Tennis Channel, ESPN+
  Men’s doubles last 11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Tennis Channel, ESPN+
Sunday, Feb. 21 Men’s last 3:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.  ESPN

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