Naomi Osaka to face Jennifer Brady in final after beating Serena Williams

Naomi Osaka to face Jennifer Brady in final after beating Serena Williams
Naomi Osaka has won both of her Grand Slam matches against Serena Williams. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Naomi Osaka claimed an impressive victory against Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open final and end Ms Williams’ latest quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

Three-time Slam champion Naomi Osaka withstood early pressure from Williams to win 6-3 6-4.

The Japanese is on a 20-match unbeaten streak and she has never lost a Slam final.

Osaka will face Jennifer Brady in Saturday’s Australian Open final after the American beat Karolina Muchova.

Brady came past the Czech 6-4 3-6 6-4 to seal a spot in her first Slam final.

It will be a rematch of the 2020 US Open semi-final, which Naomi Osaka came through in three sets.

Osaka said of her match with Williams: “I was really nervous and scared in the beginning and then I sort of eased my way into it,”

“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,” she said.

It is the first time Serena Williams has lost a semi-final at the Australian Open in eight appearances in the last four.

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka’s last meeting at a Grand Slam came at the US Open final in 2018 – a match remembered for Williams’ outburst at the umpire and Osaka’s tears at the presentation ceremony.

Since then, Osaka has risen to third in the world rankings and won a further two major title, as well as finding more confidence and calmness on court.

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