Osaka ends Williams’ bid for record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title

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MELBOURNE: Naomi Osaka ended Serena Williams’ bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title in a storm of energy hitting on Thursday, humbling the American nice 6-3 6-4 to achieve her second Australian Open last.

In a rematch of their tumultuous 2018 U.S. Open decider, Osaka underlined her standing as the brand new queen of ladies’s tennis and soaked up the cheers from the Rod Laver Arena crowd as followers returned to the Grand Slam after a five-day lockdown.

Three-times Grand Slam champion Osaka will meet the winner of Jennifer Brady and Karolina Muchova within the title match.

“I did a lot of unforced errors in the first few games. I was really nervous and scared in the beginning and then I sort of eased my way into it,” mentioned Osaka on courtroom.

“It’s just always an honour to play her and I just didn’t want to go out really dud. I just wanted to try my best.”

Williams broke Osaka within the opening recreation, however the Japanese third seed reeled off 5 straight video games in a devastating show earlier than closing out the set with a blazing forehand winner.

Osaka took Williams’ serve within the first recreation of the second set and wouldn’t let up till she wobbled with three double-faults to permit the American to interrupt again to 4-4.

But Williams repaid the favour with a double-fault on the subsequent service recreation giving Osaka three break factors.

Osaka transformed the primary then closed out the match when Williams thudded into the web.

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