Naomi Osaka will play Serena Williams in a potential epic semi final in the Australian Open

Feb 17th, 2021 Japanese Naomi Osaka will play Serena Williams in one of the semi finals of the Australian open.

Osaka took just  66 minutes to dispatch Su-wei 6-2, 6-2 and set up a last four tie with Serena Williams for a place in the final.

Osaka beat Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2018, but she has won just one of her previous four matches against Halep.

 Williams leads their head-to-head record 9-2 but Halep produced one of the great recent Grand Slam performances to win that Wimbledon final two years ago.

Serena Williams says she is not keen on equaling the record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles but still wants success in Australia.

Williams’ last major came at Melbourne Park while she was pregnant in 2017.

Williams, whose daughter Olympia is now three years old, has lost four finals since her last victory in a Grand Slam, including against Halep at Wimbledon in 2019.

In the other semi final category Karolina Muchova fought back to stun world number one Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open and reach her maiden Grand Slam semi-final.

The Czech 25th seed struggled with dizziness in the Melbourne Park heat but refocused after a medical time-out to beat the home favourite 1-6 6-3 6-2.

Barty led by a set and a break but was unable to stop Muchova’s comeback. Muchova will play American Jennifer Brady, who beat compatriot Jessica Pegula, for a place in the final.

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