Serena Williams’ quest for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title is over after being well beaten by third seed Naomi Osaka.
In front of a small and stunned Rod Laver Arena crowd – the majority of which were clearly barracking for Williams – Osaka was simply too good, serving brilliantly and not allowing her champion opponent any free points.
Serena Williams congratulates Naomi Osaka after their semi-final showdown on Thursday.Credit:AP
“I eased my way into it. I think the biggest thing was having fun and it was the first day of having a crowd.
“I was a little kid watching her play and just being able to play against her was a dream. It was an honour to play her.”
Naomi Osaka belts a backhand in her semi-final win over Serena Williams.Credit:Getty Images
Osaka will now contest her fourth final at grand slam level, against either American Jennifer Brady or Karolina Muchova, who knocked out local hope Ash Barty on Wednesday.
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