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Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams in Australian Open Semi-final

Tennis

The GIST: The Australian Open women’s final is set, the men’s semis are underway and tennis history is about to be made. Crikey!

February 18, 2021
Source: Australian Open/Twitter
Source: Australian Open/Twitter

The GIST: The Australian Open women’s final is set, the men’s semis are underway and tennis history is about to be made. Crikey!

Women’s singles: After quickly defeating No. 10 seed Serena Williams in straight sets in last night’s should-have-been epic semifinal, No. 3 Naomi Osaka is just one victory away from winning back-to-back Grand Slams. Damn. 

  • With the win, Osaka now has the 3-2 head-to-head edge over Williams and a ticket to Saturday’s final. Osaka will now face Jennifer Brady, who won the second semifinal over Karolina Muchová.

Men’s singles: Sunday’s men’s final is half set. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-OH-VITCH) beat his semifinal opponent and this year’s breakout star, Aslan Karatsev, early this morning, and should have a clear path to his 18th career Grand Slam without his biggest rival, Rafael Nadal — who lost a five-set stunner yesterday — in his way.

  • Djokovic will face tomorrow's semifinal winner, either No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev or No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas (pronounced SIT-SEE-PAHSS).