Osaka the next hurdle in Serena’s quest for 24th Slam

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have long proceeded from their tempestuous 2018 U.S. Open championship however that will not do anything to moisten the thriller ahead of their hit Australian Open semi-final on Thursday.

Williams was handed 3 code offenses, the last of which led to a video game charge, in a straight sets beat to Osaka, who was booed throughout the last video game and prize event by an upset Flushing Meadows crowd.

The American, who later on composed an apology letter to Osaka, is bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and stated she was anticipating dealing with the Japanese 3rd seed once again.

“Well, I think we both have had closure, and we have reached out to each other. I have definitely reached out,” the 39-year-old stated.

“I think she’s a great competitor and a cool cat.”

World number 3 Osaka has actually won 3 Grand Slams and in 2015 exceeded her youth idol Williams as the world’s greatest paid female professional athlete, according to Forbes.

The 23-year-old has actually won 2 of her 3 previous Trip encounters with Williams, although the American thrived the last time they satisfied in a WTA occasion in Toronto in 2019.

When asked if she would be seeing movie of Williams to prepare herself for the match, Osaka stated she never ever stops seeing her.

“For me, I grew up watching Serena… It’s just more of a habit than anything,” she included. “But I feel like everyone in the tournament watches her.”

In the other semi-final, surprise bundle Karolina Muchova will handle U.S. Open semi-finalist Jennifer Brady, with both gamers seeking to make an area in their first significant last.

“I think I will have to bring my A-game to play with (Brady) because she is playing amazing matches,” stated Muchova, who has actually won all 8 of her 8 matches this season. “I will try to play my best.”

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.