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Serena Williams sets up semi-final showdown with Naomi Osaka after beating Simona Halep

Australian Open 2021 : Serena Williams sets up semi-final showdown with Naomi Osaka after beating Simona Halep

Tennis legend, Serena Williams has made it through to the Australian Open semi-finals clash, setting up a blockbuster clash against Naomi Osaka after beating Simona Halep. 

 

The quarter-final clash which took place on Tuesday morning at Rod Laver Arena, was a revenge match for Serena, who lost Wimbledon’s final clash to Halep at the All England Club in 2020. 

 

The 23-time grand slam champion put in a dominant performance against the Romanian, winning 6-3 6-3, to make it through to the Australian Open semi-finals clash.

 

Australian Open 2021 : Serena Williams sets up semi-final showdown with Naomi Osaka after beating Simona Halep

 

It will be the 40th grand slam semifinal of Williams’ career as the 39-year-old looks to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 career grand slam victories.

 

“I definitely think this is the best match I’ve played this tournament for sure,” Williams said afterwards.

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“Obviously I had to, going up against the No.2 in the world. I knew I had to do better and that’s what I did. I’ve been watching her and I’m sure she’s been watching me.

 

“I feel like this is such a good opportunity for me just to keep doing my best. It’s the first Grand Slam of the year for me. I had an incredibly long, arduous off-season. And so, I’m honestly happy with every win I get.”

 

The American will now face Japanesse three-time grand slam winner Naomi Osaka in the semifinal after the 23-year-old defeated Hsieh Su-wei in just 66 minutes 6-2 6-2 in their quarterfinals. 

 

The match between Williams and Osaka will be the pair’s first meeting since the final of the 2020 US Open. It will take place on Thursday, February 18. 

 

 

 

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