MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 18 FEBRUARY: Serena Williams of the USA watches in the women’s singles semifinal match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on November 11th Day of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on May 18 February 2021 in Melbourne, Australia (Photo by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

Serena Williams has been around since she was 23 major title contested at the Australian Open 2017 11 Grand Slam events

In a highly anticipated game not only in the tennis world but also in the larger sports universe, No. 3 Naomi Osaka easily shipped No. 10 Serena, 6-3, 6-4, played in the Australian Open semifinals before 7500 spectators or 50 percent of the capacity of the Rod Laver Arena.It was Osakas 21 Victory in a row and Serena’s first loss in the Australian Open semi-finals after winning her first eight

“I don’t know if there are any little kids out here today, but I was the little kid who saw them play and it’s a dream for me to play against them on the pitch,” Osaka told Jim Courier in her court interview, “I think the biggest thing I’ve learned over the years is that you are a competitor but you are playing against another competitor. That itself is the funnest part because tennis is a game”

Osaka, who is 16 years younger than Williams at the age of 23, has won three of the last five majors played on hard courts and will now try to place fourth in the final on Saturday against the Americans Jen Brady or Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic to win

Osaka played their signature big hitting game with calm confidence, improving to 3-1 against Serena, including the controversial U 2018S Open final in which she was booed by a New York crowd who felt Serena had been robbed by referee Carlos Ramos

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 18 FEBRUARY: Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a backhand in her women’s singles [] semifinal match against Serena Williams of the USA on November 11th Day of the Australian Open 2021 at Melbourne Park on 18 February 2021 in Melbourne, Australia (Photo by Quinn Rooney / Getty Images)

Since that fateful US. Open game, Osaka has won three Grand Slam titles and Williams no Serena is 4-0 in the Grand Slam final since she became a mother in autumn 2017 and has now lost in the semifinals at two consecutive majors in New York and Melbourne

Williams entered the tournament, inspired by the success of 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady, who won his seventh Super Bowl on February 7 with the buccaneers

Serena weathered her first five rounds very well, including an impressive win over world number 1 2 Simona Halep

She got off to a strong start against Osaka, collapsing in the first game of the game and then taking a 2-0 lead. But Osaka then rattled off five games in a row as Serena struggled with her forehand and served Osaka took the first Set with a massive forehand winner Serena didn’t have a single forehand winner in the first set

“I was just guessing [on Serena’s serve], I don’t know,” she joked. “Either way, I just have to put my foot down somewhere”

After getting back to 4 in the second set, Serena had a chance to take the 5-4 lead but gave up serving by going 0v4 on the first serve in the game. Osaka earned the break with a nifty Two-handed backhand

When Serena hit a backhand into the net at the match point, Osaka ended the match with her serve to reach her fourth Grand Slam final. The two women hugged at the net

“The difference today was mistakes, I made so many mistakes today,” said Williams. “There were opportunities where I could have moved up 5-0 and I just made so many mistakes”

When asked if she was saying goodbye to the Australian crowd by putting her hand over her heart in court, and if she was just “having a bad day at the office,” Serena collapsed and left the interview room

On the court, Osaka was asked about the advantage of the experience in the Grand Slam final against a first-time finalist in Brady or Muchova

“I don’t want to wish anyone a nerve, but hopefully one of them will get nervous,” she cracked in her typically shy way

Serena will now turn to the French Open and then Wimbledon to try and get No. 1 to win 24

Many in the tennis world, including Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe, would love to see Serena draw and eventually break the Court record

Court, after which one of the main show courts at the Australian Open is named, has a history of offensive and homophobic comments

“There’s only one thing longer than Margaret Court’s list of tennis accomplishments: it’s her list of offensive and homophobic statements,” McEnroe said at the event last year,

“Just a few examples During the apartheid regime in South Africa, she said:” I love South Africa you organized the racial situation better than anyone else ” What?

“About transgender children and LGBTIQ:” It’s all the devil’s work Tennis is full of lesbians it is sad that children are exposed to homosexuality “

“Serena, do me a favor: Get two more Grand Slams this year and turn 25 so we can leave Margaret Court and her offensive views in the past where they both belong”

Adam Zagoria is a basketball and tennis insider who is a national contributor to the New York Times, NJ Advance Media, and newspapers. He is the author of two books and one

Adam Zagoria is a basketball and tennis insider who is a national contributor to the New York Times, NJ Advance Media, and newspapers. He is the author of two books and an award-winning filmmaker. He lives in Manhattan with his family and dog.

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