The Australian Open women’s semifinals begin Wednesday night (Thursday in Melbourne) when No. 3 seed Naomi Osaka (Japan) and No. 10 seed Serena Williams (United States) face off in a blockbuster match.
The lifetime series between the two stars is split 2-2. Osaka beat Williams in the final of the 2018 Miami Open winning 6-3, 6-2. Osaka then went on to beat Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open, 6-2, 6-4. Williams responded in the Rogers Cup in 2019 with a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victory. The most recent match between the two was part of a pre-Australian Open exhibition event in January when Williams won 6-2, 2-6.
Williams, 39, is attempting to win her 24th Grand Slam title — which would tie the all-time record — and her first since 2017. Osaka, 23, heads into the semifinals with a 19-match win streak dating back to February 2020.
The semifinal is set to start at 10 p.m. ET.
The Australian Open semifinal match will be played at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
The semifinal will be on ESPN2 from 10 p.m. ET to 2 a.m. ET. The action moves to ESPN from 3:30 a.m. ET to 6 a.m. ET.
First round: Laura Siegemund, 6-1, 6-1
Second round: Nina Stojanovic, 6-3, 6-0
Third round: Anastasia Potapova, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Fourth round: Aryna Sabalenka, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Quarterfinal: Simona Halep, 6-3, 6-3
First round: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 6-2
Second round: Caroline Garcia, 6-2, 6-3
Third round: Ons Jabeur, 6-3, 6-2
Fourth round: Garbine Muguruza, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Quarterfinal: Hsieh Su-wei, 6-2, 6-2
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