No.3 seed Naomi Osaka has reached the second Australian Open final of her career. Osaka defeated the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in straight sets in the semifinals at Melbourne Park.
With the victory, Osaka shattered Williams’ dream of equaling Margaret Court’s record of winning 24 major championships. Notably, it was the first time Williams lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open, having won the title a record seven times.
After being 2-4 down in the second set, Williams broke Osaka’s serve to level the set at 4-4. However, Osaka broke back the following game by hitting three scintillating backhand winners and eventually served out the match.
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The 3-time Grand Slam champion shared an interesting anecdote during the post-match interview. Osaka talked about having eaten Greek food yesterday, on her day off, and then finding out after her sleep that Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas had defeated Rafael Nadal in an epic five-setter.
Jokingly, Osaka mentioned maybe her devouring over Greek cuisine played its part in Tsitsipas outlasting Nadal and herself beating Williams. With the crowds laughing over her story, Osaka funnily said maybe she should keep eating Greek food.
“Yesterday I decided to eat Greek food. And then when I woke up, Tsitsi beat Nadal, so maybe this is a sign,” said Osaka.
Interestingly, Tsitsipas replied to a video uploaded on the Official Twitter account of the Australian Open of Osaka comments over Greek food with three monkey emojis.
Further, Osaka yet again expressed her admiration and respect for Williams, whom she often refers to as her childhood idol. The duo embraced each other at the net after the match, with Osaka bowing in front of Williams in an act of showing her reverence to the 7-time Australian Open champion.
Having booked her pace in the final, Osaka will face either Jennifer Brady or Karolina Muchova to slug it out for the title. The 23-year-old has never lost in a Grand Slam yet. Will she lift be able to win her second title at the Australian Open?