Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka Outcomes: Osaka dominates, Williams leaves the press convention in tears
Serena Williams’ search for 24 Grand Slams and Margaret Court’s record continue after the American lost 6: 3, 6: 4 to Naomi Osaka (No. 3) in the Australian Open semifinals.
Things went well for Williams, who took a 2-0 lead and was ready to advance to another Australian Open final. But then Osaka settled down.
“I made a lot of casual mistakes in the first few games and I was really nervous and scared at the beginning and I made my way there easier,” Osaka told ESPN – and the two-time Aussie Open winner himself. Jim Courier on the pitch after the game.
“Honestly, I don’t know, it’s just always an honor to play them and I just didn’t want to go out, really bad so I just wanted to do my best.”
Well, Osaka definitely gave her an A-Game. While the majority of the stats showed an even match, Osaka dominated the winners at 20 to Williams ’12. Both players struggled with their first serves, and Osaka had eight double faults (Williams had one) but the 23-year-olds. old also had six aces, some of which came at key times.
At her post-game press conference, Williams, who played in her 40th Grand Slam semi-final, named her mistakes – 18 forced, 24 casual – as a turning point.
“The difference today was mistakes,” she said. “I made so many mistakes today so honestly there were times I could have won. I could have been 5-Love. I just made so many mistakes.”
When Williams was asked a few questions later about what was causing the mistakes or if it was just a bad day, he collapsed.
“I don’t know,” she said before adding and appearing on the verge of tears. “I’m done.” She then left the press conference.
Before the final question, Williams, who turned 39 in September, was asked why she put her hand to her heart as she left court.
“I don’t know. The Australian crowd is so amazing so it was nice to see,” she replied. Melbourne was under a five-day ban and Wednesday marked the first time fans were allowed back to Melbourne Park.
However, social media immediately responded to the gesture, wondering if that meant it was their last trip Down Under.
“I don’t know. If I ever said goodbye, I wouldn’t tell anyone,” she said with a smile
It’s been a little over four years since Williams won a Grand Slam. In 2017, she beat sister Venus at the Australian Open. Since then she has won a tournament: the Auckland Classic 2020.
“I was a little kid watching her play and it’s a dream for me to play her on the pitch,” Osaka told Courier.
The marquee on Wednesday was the fourth time that the two stars met on the tennis court. Williams’ only win was the 2019 Canadian Rogers Cup. Osaka’s previous victories were at the 2018 Miami Open and the 2018 US Open. At this Grand Slam meeting, Osaka, who is 16 years younger than Williams, won her first title. Her win, however, was marred by a verbal argument between Williams and the chairman of the umpire during the game that ended with three off-field violations and Osaka in tears when it rained boos at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I know everyone was cheering for her,” she said. “I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to thank you for watching the game.”
According to Williams, the two have left the Open behind.
“I think we both had a closure and reached each other,” Williams said after their quarter-final game at Melbourne Park. “I’ve definitely achieved.
“I think she’s a great competitor and a cool cat.”
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Osaka will now play in their fourth career Grand Slam final – and they never lost. She has trophies from two US Open (2018, 2020) and one in Australia (2019). In the final, she meets another American, Jennifer Brady No. 22, who defeated Karolina Muchova in three sets. At the US Open 2020, the couple covered the distance in the semi-finals.
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(3) Naomi Osaka def. (10) Serena Williams, 6-3, 6-4
(All times are east)
Second set: Osaka wins 6-4
Osaka wins 6-4
Osaka serves to close it, starting with an ace. She then serves in the body and Williams’ return goes far. On the next serve she goes far and Williams sends the failure 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
Impressive. What a cut from Osaka to find a ridiculous cross-court angle to go up 0-30. Williams then doubled the mistakes to give Osaka three breakpoint chances. Osaka only needs one as it nailed the backhand winner – this time an approach shot – across the field again.
Set tied 4-4
A shaky game for Osaka as they double mistakes twice and give Williams three breakpoints. She saves the first when Williams sends a long shot and then makes Williams’ defensive backhand go long to save the second. But then, Osaka double fault as the serve is wide across the board.
Osaka leads 4-3
Williams responds with their own five-point service game that started with a backhand winner in the open and ended with Osaka long sending the backhand back.
Osaka leads 4-2
Well, that was one way to turn off the Serena Wave. Osaka wins by five points and ends the game with another ace – # 5 of the game.
Osaka leads 3-2
Williams tries to get back on track, ripping up a forehand winner and screaming as the crowd – well behind her – cheer to bring the game to 15. Then she gets Osaka to hit the ball into the net and looks around again as if to say, why can’t I do this on every point? Williams then rises to 40-15 and ends when Osaka hits the forehand into the net.
Osaka leads 3-1
After Osaka made a double mistake 40-30 and then missed her first serve, she ended the game with a big forehand winner across the board.
Osaka leads 2-1
We’re back on the service when Williams goes through a game of five points – including an ace and a serve Osaka couldn’t get back.
Osaka leads 2-0
Williams with a backhand return winner to bring it to 30-15 (Osaka serve) and it sounds like the crowd is behind the American. Osaka responds with an ace in the T and an ace in the long range. She definitely feels that this serves now.
Osaka leads 1-0
Williams has a big forehand behind Osaka to hit 15 and she yells, “Take a shot.” Williams gets louder, but stands before the breakpoint. Osaka completes a 10-point rally with a backhand winner and takes game # 1.
First set: Osaka wins 6-3
Osaka wins 6-3
Osaka dominates and controls the game as it only takes five points to win the game and the set. It only took her 38 minutes to close things up; Reminder – she trailed 2-0 to start.
Osaka leads 5-3
Williams shoots off her second ace of the set to make it 30-0, and ends it up on a serve with Osaka barely turning her bat upside down to stop the bleeding (Osaka had won five games in a row) .
Osaka leads 5-2
A 1-2-3-4 game for Osaka that included an ace and Williams misleading the return to game point. Williams had the chance to take a double break in Game 4 but was unable to complete it and will now serve to stay on the set.
Osaka leads 4-2
OK. Osaka has definitely settled in. After a long rally, she meets the backhand winner all along the line and gets two break points herself. She ends the game with another forehand winner.
Osaka leads 3-2
Osaka appears to have settled in as they howl another forehand winner to bring the service game to 30. However, she follows with an easy mistake, giving Williams another breakpoint opportunity. The 23-year-old gets it in twos when she puts Williams on the defensive and ends with a backhand winner. Osaka takes the lead (Two # 2) after Williams’ forehand pulls off the tape and goes far.
Set tied 2-2
Another game that turns out for two (after Williams had two breakpoints) and Williams gets the advantage (and one more breakpoint chance) from a massive cross-court running backhand Osaka can’t get back on the court. However, Osaka brings it back with a forehand rip that just catches the line and then gets a breakpoint chance. Williams finally sends a long forehand and we’re back on serve.
Williams leads 2-1
Williams with another breakpoint chance, but Osaka manages to win the next two points – the game point with an ace on the T.
Williams leads 2-0
Williams starts her first service game and fires an ace. Two points later, Williams got Osaka to play a defensive shot and the zippy 39-year-old hit the swinging volley on the open court and rose 40-0. Williams closes the deal even though he only gets a first serve.
Williams leads 1-0
Osaka is used to launch and the TV reports say she struggled to find her litter while warming up. She then goes on to double fault to make it 15-30 before hitting a shot wide to give Williams an early break. Osaka saves the first break point, but then hits a backhand in the net at the next point to give Williams the break.
10:16 pm – The game begins when Osaka serves.
10:10 p.m. – Run warm-ups. Incidentally, Osaka has won 19 games in a row. Serena has won her last 12 games against a player in the top 3 at Grand Slams (last loss was at the 2007 US Open to Justine Henin No. 1).
10:07 pm – Players go out. Osaka takes it all in as some fans stand in the stands.