Serena Williams is getting closer and closer to the story. The American needs two victories at the 2021 Australian Open to record her 24th career Grand Slam title and tie Margaret Court at the top of the list. The only problem: she will face Naomi Osaka in the semifinals.
“First of all, I’m in the semi-final. That’s pretty impressive. So it’s exciting,” said 10th-seeded Williams after her straight-sets win over No. 2 Simona Halep. “It doesn’t matter who I’m really playing in the semi-final. It’s a Grand Slam semi-final. No one comes by chance, so I have to be ready.”
It has been a little over four years since Williams won a Grand Slam; she beat her sister Venus at the Australian Open in 2017. She has since won a tournament: the Auckland Classic in 2020.
“She is Serena, someone that I feel really intimidated by when I see her on the other side of the court,” said Osaka, who has beaten Williams twice before.
Osaka, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the semifinals with a landslide 6-2, 6-2 victory over Su-Wei Hsieh (who defeated Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in the second round). The 23-year-old’s only tough match of the draw was the fourth round, where she faced two match points before beating Garbine Muguruza. She will be looking to add to her hardware collection that includes two trophies from the US Open (2018, 2020) and an Australian Open (2019).
How to watch Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open
The Australian Open women’s semifinal between Serena Williams and Noami Osaka will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Tennis Channel. You can also broadcast the game live with ESPN + or fuboTV. Spectators in Canada can watch the game on TSN1 / 5.
What time does Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka start?
The Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka is scheduled for a friendly start in North America at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
Australian Open 2021 Schedule
Australian Open matches can be seen on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN + and Tennis Channel with broadcast on ESPN.com or on fuboTV, offering a free seven-day trial.
In Canada, TSN is home to the Australian Open with access also to the TSN app and TSN Direct.
|Wednesday February 17||Men’s Doubles Final, Women’s Semifinals||6 pm – 2 am||Tennis Channel, ESPN2|
|Thursday 18th February||Men’s semifinals||3:30 am – 6 am||ESPN|
|Women’s Doubles Final||11 p. M. – 2 a. M.||Tennis channel|
|Friday February 19||Mixed Doubles Semifinals, Women’s Doubles Final||12 am||ESPN +|
|Men’s semifinals||3:30 am – 6 am||ESPN|
|Saturday February 20||Female final||3:30 am – 7:30 am||ESPN, tennis channel, ESPN +|
|Men’s Doubles Final||11 pm – 12:30 am||Tennis channel, ESPN +|
|Sunday February 21||Male final||3:30 am – 6:30 am||ESPN|
Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka head to head
Wednesday’s marquee meeting marks the fourth time the two stars have met. Williams’ only victory was at the Canadian Rogers Cup in 2019. Osaka’s victories were at the 2018 Miami Open and the 2018 US Open. That Grand Slam meeting saw Osaka, who is 16 years younger than Williams, win his first title. Her victory, however, was marred by a verbal altercation between Williams and the chair umpire during the match that saw her receive three infractions on the court and Osaka in tears at the end as books rained down on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I know everyone was cheering her on,” he said. “I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to thank you for watching the game.”
According to Williams, the pair have left the Open behind.
“I think we’ve both had a close and we’ve gotten closer,” Williams said after their quarter-final match at Melbourne Park. “I’ve definitely gotten closer.
“I think she is a great competitor and a great cat.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.