Haitian roots participant, Naomi Osaka of Japan will face Serena Williams Inside the 2021 Australian Open on February 16 2021, at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photograph by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Pictures)
Information Americas, MELBOURNE, Australia, Weds. Feb. 17, 2021: Haitian-roots tennis champion and US Open 2020 champ, Naomi Osaka, Is about to face-off as quickly as extrast Serena Williams as quickly as extra.
Osaka will face Williams Inside the semi-finals of the Australian Open after the American-born tennis good beat Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 Inside the Australian Open on Tuesday to Arrange the meeting.
Osaka overpowered Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 To Obtain the semifinals earlier Inside the day and is anticipating A troublesome match On The subsequent stage.
“Usually, I by no means Take A look at my draw,” Osaka said. “However everyone has informed me about my draw right here, so I Sort of had no selection but to know who my subsequent opponent is. It’s undoubtedly going to be actually nice.
This Shall be Williams’ and Osaka’s 4th profession matchup. Osaka leads 2-1, In all probability the most memorable encounter, Really, coming Inside The final of the 2018 US Open.
“She’s An excellent participant on the courtroom and an inspirational particular person off it,” Williams said. “I really feel That is typically An excellent alternative for me simply to do my biggest Inside The primary Grand Slam of the yr.”
Osaka’s current wins have included a US Open title in September for her third Grand Slam championship. The streak additionally consists of her 4th-spherical win final week, when she saved two match factors and swept The final 4 video games To overhaul Garbine Muguruza.