Osaka thwarts Serena Williams' 24th title again

The Japanese cuts the way to the American, as in the final of the US Open 2018, and will fight for her fourth major trophy against Jennifer Brady.

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Naomi Osaka is Serena Williams' nemesis and, at the same time, the last of her shoe. The Japanese returned to interpose herself between the American and the 24th Grand Slam title that she has been pursuing since winning the 23rd at the Australian Open in 2017. Precisely in Melbourne, Serena missed a new opportunity to get it against an Osaka who already moved away from the glory of equaling Margert Court's record in the 2018 US Open final, in that match that ended badly due to a tantrum by the American against the chair umpire and supervisor due to some notices that cost him a point. The new queen of world tennis passed over the best ever (6-3 and 6-4 in 75 minutes) and is the great favorite to win the title, which would be her fourth in a major, on Saturday (09 : 30, Eurosport) against another American, Jennifer Brady, who beat Czech Karolina Muchova (6-4, 3-6 and 6-4 in 1h: 5x). Williams, seven times champion, had never lost a semifinal in this tournament, she had a record of 8-0.

“At first I was nervous and a little scared, but then I thought that we had to have fun, with the public again in the stands. It's always an honor for me to play against her (Williams). I was a child when I enjoyed Serena Williams tennis and facing her was a dream, ”said Naomi.

The fact is that when Osaka got off the initial stress of getting ahead of Serena, who opened the game with a break and consolidated it, she completely dominated the tennis and mental battle. He equalized in the fourth game and then took the lead in the sixth. From that initial 0-2, the Japanese nailed a 12-5 run. Williams had a burst of character to approach with a break, but lost his next serve on target due to a clear show of force from his rival, who did not bow down before his idol and mirror. Then he closed the game without giving up a single point, in a big way. The serve gave him many points (85% won with firsts). Serena's farewell, who stopped as she got out of the Rod Laver and put her hand on her heart, sounded like a final goodbye.Another big step from Brady

Jennifer Brady (25 years and 24th in the world) took another step in her fledgling career by entering the final of the Australian Open. The American had been a semifinalist at the last US Open (she lost to Osaka, who she will face on Saturday) and climbs a notch in Melbourne. Brady beat Muchova, a rival of similar age and ranking (24 years and 27th), who made it very difficult for her, especially in the last game of their duel, which was very long, when she raised four match points. The fifth was taken advantage of by the tennis player from Harrisburg, who had a university career, thanks to a shipment from Muchova that went off the bottom line. Brady, the semi-finalist who had lost the fewest games in the tournament (26), becomes the seventh player to reach her first Grand Slam final in the last nine, after Osaka (winner of the US Open 2018), Barty (champion in Roland Garros 2019), Vondrousova (finalist at Roland Garros 2019), Andreescu (winner of the US Open 2019), Kenin (champion of the Australian Open 2020) and Swiatek (winner at Roland Garros 2020) .

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