Naomi Osaka is through to the final of the Australian Open after beating Serena Williams in straight sets in a mesmerizing clash.
Osaka put on a fantastic display to knock Williams out of the Australian Open and proceed to the final.
Osaka shifted into a higher gear from 2-0 down in the opening set and claimed six of the next seven games to take the opener 6-3.
Serena pulled the break back at 3-4 at set number two to prolong the action before Naomi seized a break at love with a backhand winner and sealed the deal with a hold at love for a place in the final.
Williams broke down in tears before ending her press conference after Osaka won through to her second final at Melbourne Park with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 victory.
On the court, Williams was given a standing ovation as she departed the scene. She put her hand on her heart, smiled, and waved to the returning fans on Rod Laver Arena.
Mats Wilander comments on Williams and Osaka
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander said Williams’s tears were due to her disappointment at the way she played and not a sign that she was making her last appearance at Melbourne Park.
“It’s not the end for Serena. I think we see those tears because I think she was disappointed in the way she played. I think she had high hopes after a great start. If she got to 3-0, it could have been 4-0, then 5-0.
And adding to that Wilander also said that according to her Women’s Tennis now has a new boss. The Japanese Star has reached another dimension
“To me, women’s tennis has a new boss; Naomi Osaka has this capacity; she has reached another dimension,” Mats Wilander said.
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Now, Osaka will face Jennifer Brady in the final as she contests to win her second Australian Open title – having won it in 2019 – and her fourth Grand Slam.