Naomi Osaka vs Serena Williams - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Semi-Final
Wednesday February 17th, 2021 / 11:00pm EST
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A huge battle awaits us as third seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan faces tenth seeded American Serena Williams in the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne. This clash between two former champions and world number ones is scheduled to be played on Wednesday February 17th, 2021 at 11:00pm EST. They have played each other three times in the past with Osaka winning two of those matches.
Who will win this clash of two superstars? Can Osaka recapture her Australian Open crown or will it be Serena getting the win in her quest to break the Grand Slam record?
Naomi Osaka has been in scintillating form thus far in Melbourne. Apart from her match against Muguruza where she faced match points, she has not set a foot wrong, winning all other matches in straight sets. She will be relatively fresh heading into this match, and the areas that usually can be issues for her - her serve and her unforced error count seem to be fully under control. Once she is fully focused and locked in she can be very hard to beat and this seems to be the case here. She has been striking the ball extremely well and hitting winners seemingly at will.
Serena Williams is a tennis all-time great and is on a mission to win the title here to equal the Grand Slam record. At this stage in her stories career, fitness and movement are the main things that have held her back but she seems fitter than she has been lately and this puts her in good stead heading into this match. She was in utterly dominant form in her straight sets win over #2 seed Simona Halep. moving well and punishing the Romanian from the baseline. She can no longer overpower opponents like she once could but she is an extremely intelligent player and is not to be counted out.
This will certainly be a close and exciting match between the two superstars. The safest bet here would likely be for each player to win a set. There is not much to choose between the two players in their current form but I am giving the slight edge to Osaka. She moves better and is the fitter of the two at the moment, and seems supremely confident. Naomi Osaka to win in three sets.