For those who missed the 2018 US Open final, this couple has endured controversy while on the court together. In that decider at Flushing Meadows, where Williams, having received three fundamental code violations, called the chair umpire a “thief” and imploded in the second set as Osaka stood his ground to win. Williams then had to stop fans from booing during the Osaka trophy ceremony.
Of course, that was basically the first thing Williams was asked after beating Simona Halep in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, and he only praised Osaka.
“I’ve been watching her and I’m sure she’s been watching me, and I feel like this is a very good opportunity to keep doing my best,” she said.
The pair have clashed in the interim, with Williams emphatically defeating Osaka in Toronto in 2019.
In other words, this could be anyone’s.
Today is picture perfect at Melbourne Park. The temperature hovers around 30 ° C, kept under control by a gentle breeze that rustles the leaves of the majestic rubber trees next to Patio 5. In Garden Square, attendees are lounging by a putter fountain. There is a relaxed holiday atmosphere around the compound after the five-day closure.
For the first time at this event there are attendees roaming freely around the grounds. All three walled areas have been removed and now only two venues are in use for the commercial finale of the tournament. Instead, crowds have a session cap at 7,477. Most of those who will participate in this daytime portion are about to enter the Rod Laver Arena for the women’s semi-final between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams.
The sun is shining. Mercury hovers around the 30 ° C mark. Again, there are no new locally acquired Covid cases in Victoria. And crowds have been allowed to return to Melbourne Park for the first time in five days of empty stands. You could say that things are pretty good at the Australian Open on the 11th of the first Grand Slam of the year. How could things get better? What is that, you say? A delicious female semifinal with two of the best and most entertaining players on the planet? Oh God, yes please.
Serena Williams Y Naomi osaka They are first at the Rod Laver Arena today, where they will knock him out for a spot in Saturday’s final. Williams, of course, is chasing a record-equal 24th Grand Slam title and has given every indication so far in Melbourne that this could be the tournament in which she will ultimately draw with Margaret Court.
But there is a considerable obstacle in his way in the form of Osaka, who has also been in top form and appears capable of adding a fourth Grand Slam title to his burgeoning collection. It’s a classic potential in the making. Do not go anywhere.
On their heels they are Jennifer brady Y Karolina Muchova, in what is, it is fair to say, a much less expected, though no less intriguing encounter. And to complete the game of the day tonight is the number 1 of men Novak Djokovic and Russian qualifier Aslan karatsev.
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism