The much-anticipated women’s singles semifinal at the Rod Laver Arena had a remarkable buzz from the crowd returning to the stands for the first time since the five-day lock-in, which led to the state government quickly imposing a small corona virus outbreak in Melbourne Govit-19 Control measures.
Osaka advanced to the Australian Open final for the second time, winning the set 6-3, 6-4. He has now won 20 matches in a row, last losing in February last year.
“I don’t know if there are any little kids here today, but I was a little kid watching her play,” she said of Williams in court after the Osaka victory. “Playing against her for me is a dream to be on the court.”
Williams, 39, embraced Osaka after the match. She waved to the crowd as she left, placing a hand on her heart.
Williams was asked at a post-match press conference whether the gesture would say goodbye.
“I don’t know. If I ever say goodbye, I won’t tell anyone,” he said.
The emotional Williams walked out of the press conference after the next question.
After the press conference, Williams released the following Instagram: “Melbourne and my Australian fans – not the best result or performance today, but it’s happening … I’m so proud to be able to play in front of all of you. Your support – your cheers, I wish I could have done better for you today. I’m forever in debt, I thank each and every one of you. I love you, I love you, I love you, I adore you. “
Williams’ last major title She was at the 2017 Australian Open when she was eight weeks pregnant. It was the first defeat in the Australian Open semifinals, having previously gone 8-0 in the tournament.
US Open champion and 2019 Australian Open winner Osaka lost in the Grand Slam semifinals and finals. All of his career titles – including his three majors – have come up in difficult courts. He now has a 3-1 career record against Williams, including defeating Williams The infamous 2018 US Open finale.
Osaka’s favorite in Saturday’s final. In the second semi-final, she will face 22nd seed Jennifer Brady of the United States, who defeated 25th seed Carolina Muchova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Osaka defeated Brady 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals of the US Open five months ago.