Serena Williams’ quest for 24 Grand Slam tournaments and to tie Margaret Court’s record will continue as, in her 40th Grand Slam final, the American was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by the No. ° 3 Naomi Osaka.
Things started out well for Williams, who took a 2-0 lead and looked set to play another Australian Open final. But then Osaka settled down.
“I made a lot of straightforward mistakes in the first few games and was really nervous and scared I think at first and I easily got my way through,” Osaka told ESPN – and a two-time winner of the Aussie Open itself – Jim Courier on the field after the game.
“Honestly for me, I don’t know, it’s just always an honor to play her and I just didn’t want to go out, really badly so I just wanted to do my best.”
Well Osaka has definitely brought its A-game. While the majority of stats showed an even game, Osaka led the winners with 20v12. Both players struggled with their first serves and Osaka had eight double faults (Williams had three) but the 23-man years also had six aces with a number of them at key times.
In his post-game press conference, Williams cited his mistakes – 18 forced, 24 unforced – as the turning point.
“The difference today is the mistakes,” she said. “I made so many mistakes today, so. Honestly, those were times I could have won. I could have been 5-Love. I just made so many mistakes.”
When asked a few questions later about the cause of the errors or if it was just a bad day, Williams broke down.
“I don’t know,” she said before adding, seeming to collapse, “I’m done.” She then left the press conference.
today, so …The difference today was mistakes. Imade so many mistakes today, so …Honestly, these were opportunities where I could have won. Icould have been up to 5-Love. I just made so many mistakesso … estly, these were opportunities where i could have won. Icould have been up to 5-Love. I just made so many mistakesso…
It’s been just over four years since Williams won a Grand Slam; she beat her sister Venus at the Australian Open in 2017. Since then she has won a tournament: the Auckland Classic in 2020.
“I was a little girl watching her play and being on the pitch playing against her for me is a dream,” Osaka told Courier.
Wednesday’s landmark meeting marked the fourth time the two stars have met on the tennis court. Williams’ only victory was at the Rogers Cup of Canada in 2019. Osaka’s previous victories were at the 2018 Miami Open and the 2018 US Open. This Grand Slam encounter saw Osaka, who is a junior at 16-year-old Williams winning his first title. His victory, however, was marred by a verbal altercation between Williams and the chair umpire during the match which saw him get three field violations and Osaka in tears at the end as the books rained down on Arthur Stadium. Ashe.
“I know everyone encouraged her,” she said. “I’m sorry it ended like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the game.”
According to Williams, the pair put the Open behind them.
“I think we both experienced closure, and we got closer,” said Williams after his quarter-final match at Melbourne Park. “I definitely reached out.
“I think she’s a great competitor and she’s a cool kitten.”
Sporting News had all the scoring updates and highlights of Naomi Osaka’s straight-set victory in the women’s singles semi-final at the 2021 Australian Open.
(3) Naomi Osaka beats. (10) Serena Williams, 6-3, 6-4
(All times are Eastern)
Second set: Osaka wins 6-4
Osaka wins 6-4
Osaka serves to close it and starts with an ace. She then serves in the body and William’s comeback is wide. On the next serve she goes wide and Williams sends the mishit off the field. Now match point and after a short rally, Williams hits the backhand in the net and it will be Osaka in the final.
Osaka leads 5-4
Wow. What a cut from Osaka as she finds a ridiculous angle on the pitch to go up from 0 to 30. Williams then double faults to give Osaka three break point chances. Osaka only needs one as she nails the backhand winner again – this time an approach shot – down the field.
Set tied 4-4
An unstable game for Osaka as she doubles two faults and gives Williams three break points. She saves the former as Williams sends a long shot, then gets Williams’ defensive backhand to go long to save the latter. But then, Osaka double faults as the service on the line is wide.
Osaka leads 4-3
Williams responds with his own five-point serve game that started with a backhand winner all the way down the court and ended with Osaka sending the long backhand return.
Osaka leads 4-2
Well, that was one way to stop Serena’s pushing. Osaka wins by five points and ends the match with another ace – No.5 of the match.
Osaka leads 3-2
Trying to get back into things, Williams tears up a winner from the forehand and lets out a scream as the crowd cheers – clearly behind them – to bring the game to 15. She then asks Osaka to kick the ball into the net and watches. around him again, as if to say: why can’t I do this on every point. Williams then climbs to 40-15 and finishes the game as Osaka hits the forehand into the net.
Osaka leads 3-1
After double faulting to score 40-30, then missing his first serve, Osaka ended the match with a big forehand winner down the line.
Osaka leads 2-1
We’re back on serve as Williams goes on a five-point game – including an ace and a serve that Osaka couldn’t recover.
Osaka leads 2-0
Williams with a winning backhand comeback to take him to 30-15 (serving Osaka) and it looks like the crowd is behind the American. Osaka responds with an ace on the T, then an ace on the broad. She is definitely feeling that service now.
Osaka leads 1-0
Williams with a big forehand behind Osaka to bring things down to 15 and she yells, “Take a shot.” Williams becomes more vocal but faces a break. Osaka ends a 10-point rally with a backhand winner and takes Game # 1.
First set: Osaka wins 6-3
Osaka wins 6-3
Serving to close the set, Osaka dominates and controls the game as she only needs five points to win the match and the set. She only needed 38 minutes to wrap things up; recall – she trailed 2-0 to start.
Osaka leads 5-3
Williams pulls his second set ace to reach 30-0 and finishes things off with a serve Osaka barely has his racquet on to stop the bleeding (Osaka has won five straight games).
Osaka leads 5-2
A 1-2-3-4 game for Osaka which included an ace and Williams missing the comeback on point of play. Williams was fortunate enough to have a double break in Game 4 but was unable to finish and will now serve in stay in the set.
Osaka leads 4-2
Okay. Osaka has definitely settled down. After a long rally, she hits the winner from the backhand down the line and gets two break points herself. She ends the match with another forehand winner.
Osaka leads 3-2
Osaka appears to settle in as she mourns a forehand winner again to get the all-30 serve play. However, she follows it up with an unforced error and gives Williams another breaking point opportunity. The 23-year-old manages to double as she puts Williams on the defensive and ends with an approaching backhand winner. Osaka takes the lead of the set (double # 2) after William’s forehand goes out of the board and wide.
Set tied 2-2
Another match that goes two (after Williams had a pair of break points) and Williams gets the advantage (and another break point chance) over a formidable cross-court backhander that Osaka can’t recoup in the field. Osaka, however, brings it back to two with a forehand that just catches the line and then gets a break point chance. Williams finally sends a long forehand and we’re back to serve.
Williams leads 2-1
Williams with another breakpoint chance, but Osaka manages to tie and then comes out of trouble to earn the next two points – the game point with an ace on T.
Williams leads 2-0
Williams starts his first service game with an ace. Two points later, Williams leads Osaka to play a defensive shot and the 39-year-old spry hits the pounding volley onto the court to climb 40-0. Williams closes things off despite only one first serve.
Williams leads 1-0
Osaka used to start and TV reports that she struggled to find her throw during warm-ups. She then double faults to make it 15-30 before hitting a wide shot to give Williams an early break opportunity. Osaka saves the first break point but then hits a backhand into the net at the next point to give Williams the break.
Before the match
10:16 p.m. – The match begins with Osaka’s serve.
10:10 p.m. – Warm-ups in progress. Osaka, by the way, has won 19 straight games. Serena has won her last 12 matches against a top 3 player in Grand Slam tournaments (the last loss was to No.1 Justine Henin at the 2007 US Open).
10:07 p.m. – The players come out. Osaka takes it all because there are fans in the stands.
Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka start time
The Australian Open women’s singles semi-final between Serena Williams and Noami Osaka will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel starting at 10 p.m. ET. You can also stream the match live with ESPN + or fuboTV. Viewers in Canada can watch the game on TSN1 / 5.
Australian Open 2021 calendar
Serena Williams’ winner against Naomi Osaki will advance to the final of the Australian Open, which will be played early Saturday morning in North America. The women’s singles final kicks off at 3:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN in the United States.
|Thursday February 18||Men’s semi-finals||3:30 am – 6:00 am||ESPN|
|Women’s doubles final||23h00 – 2h00||Tennis chain|
|Friday February 19||Mixed doubles semi-finals, women’s doubles final||12 h||ESPN +|
|Men’s semi-finals||3:30 am – 6:00 am||ESPN|
|Saturday February 20||Women’s final||3:30 am – 7:30 am||ESPN, tennis channel, ESPN +|
|Men’s doubles final||23h00 – 12h30||Tennis chain, ESPN +|
|Sunday February 21||Men’s final||3:30 am – 6:30 am||ESPN|