Twenty-three (23) year-old Japanese tennis star, Naomi- Osaka has defeated her American opponent, thirty-nine (39) years-old Serena Williams, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open semifinals at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday morning, February 18,2021.
Osaka who also beat Williams in the 2018 US Open final, has now reached her fourth (4) major title match and stretched her winning streak to twenty (20) matches by claiming the last eight points.
“I don’t know if there’s any little kids out here today, but I was a little kid watching her play and just to be on the court playing against her, for me, is a dream,” Osaka said about Williams.
Williams who instead took a 2-0 lead at the outset before dropping the next five games said she could have won but made so many errors.
“I could have won but I made too many easy mistakes there,” Serena pointed out.”
After winning her professional era-record 23rd Slam singles trophy at Melbourne Park while pregnant in 2017, Williams reached four (4) major finals but lost them all. She also now has lost in major semifinals twice in that span.