We have to wait for Serena Williams to have been looking for the 24th Grand Slam title for a long time. Once again, the best female tennis player got in the way.
Naomi Osaka, who hasn’t lost the official match since February last year, showed an overwhelming performance in the Australian Open semifinals, defeating Williams 6-3, 6-4, and a 39-year-old American tied with Margaret Court. I hope it will be. .. -Record a record time in this tournament.
Osaka will face 22nd-seeded American Jennifer Brady for her fourth major title and second Australian Open Championship.
Williams had to host a great tournament before the semi-finals, beating 7th place Alina Sabalenka and 2nd place Simona Halep and flying around the court faster and more flexibly than they showed a few years ago.
However, in the semi-finals, Williams struggled to cope with the forces Osaka could generate from the ground, ending the match with 23 unforced errors to just 12 winners.
Williams had a chance to lead when Osaka was nervous about the opening game. However, Osaka finally found the rhythm and began to control the points with a strong ground stroke, fixing Williams to the corner. After losing a serve in the first match of the match, Osaka defeated Williams twice and escaped in the first set, even though he served only 36% of the first serve.
After the match, I think Osaka was nervous and scared at first. And I went my own way.
Williams showed more energy in the second set, played more intensively and reached 4-4 in Osaka’s three double-faulted breaks. However, Osaka soon fell in love again and created an opportunity to play in the match.
Williams hasn’t won a Grand Slam since the 2017 Australian Open and has been 0-4 in the major finals since returning to the tour as his mother.
After the match, Williams was asked if a long greeting to Melbourne fans was his farewell.
I do not know. If you say goodbye, you won’t tell anyone, Williams said.
He then suddenly ended his press conference after breaking down when trying to answer the next question.