In a rematch of their tumultuous 2018 U.S. Open decider, Osaka underlined her standing as the brand new queen of ladies’s tennis and soaked up the cheers from the Rod Laver Arena crowd as followers returned to the Grand Slam after a five-day lockdown.
Three-times Grand Slam champion Osaka will meet the winner of Jennifer Brady and Karolina Muchova within the title match.
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“I did lots of unforced errors within the first few video games. I used to be actually nervous and scared at first after which I form of eased my method into it,” mentioned Osaka on court docket.
“It is simply all the time an honour to play her and I simply did not wish to exit actually dud. I simply needed to attempt my finest.”
Williams broke Osaka within the opening recreation, however the Japanese third seed reeled off 5 straight video games in a devastating show earlier than closing out the set with a blazing forehand winner.
“I used to be slightly child watching her play, and simply to be on the court docket enjoying in opposition to her, for me is a dream.”✨… https://t.co/Z4UBHSFGTz
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Osaka took Williams’ serve within the first recreation of the second set and wouldn’t let up till she wobbled with three double-faults to permit the American to interrupt again to 4-4.
However Williams repaid the favour with a double-fault on the subsequent service recreation giving Osaka three break factors.
Osaka transformed the primary then closed out the match when Williams thudded into the online.