Naomi Osaka Defeats Serena Williams, Advances to Australian Open Final

Serena Williams fell short of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, as she was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semifinals. Osaka, who also beat Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open final, reached her fourth major title match and stretched her winning streak to 20 matches by claiming the last eight points. “I don’t know if there are any little kids out here today, but I was a little kid watching her play,” Osaka, 23, said about Williams, 39, to ESPN. “Just to be on the court playing against her, for me, is a dream.” Osaka will face American Jennifer Brady for the champ…

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