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Naomi Osaka vs Serena Williams Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Australian Open Blockbuster
- Naomi Osaka vs Serena Williams preview and predictions for Thursday’s Australian Open match.
- The semifinal match is being played at Melbourne Park at 3am GMT
- Osaka has won her last seven matches that have gone the distance
- I back Osaka to end Williams’s run at the Australian Open
- Match preview, predictions and live stream information.
Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams will play for the fourth time (Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka vs Serena Williams Predictions
A blockbuster Australian Open semifinal sees Naomi Osaka, the 2019 champion, attempting to improve to 3-1 vs seven-time winner Serena Williams.
Both players have dropped just one set so far at the tournament. Serena Williams is a perfect 8-0 in Australian Open semifinals but Osaka has been the better performer when reaching the business end of Grand Slams over the past few years.
- Naomi Osaka has won 9 of her last 15 matches in straight sets
- Naomi Osaka has conceded one or fewer breaks of serve in 4 of her 5 Australian Open matches
- Serena Williams has won 6 of her last 8 matches in 19 games or fewer
- Serena Williams has conceded 10 breaks of serve in her last 3 matches combined
Head to Head
The head-to-head between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams stands at 2-1.
All three matches have been settled in straight sets and lasted 19 games or fewer.
Osaka won their first two encounters, including in the US Open final in 2018, while Williams won their most recent match in Toronto in August 2019. Osaka was in the midst of a poor run of form.
Naomi Osaka Stats
Age: 23 (6 October 1997)
Height: 5’11” (1.80m)
World Ranking: 3
Career High: 1 (January 2019)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 6
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 (2 US Open, 1 Australian Open)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Champion (2019)
Naomi Osaka Form
Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 US Open and has gone on to collect two more majors.
The world no. 3 has dropped just one set at the Australian Open so far, against 2020 runner-up Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round, and defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals despite having been pushed hard by Hsieh in the past.
Osaka is on a 19-match winning streak and has won her last seven matches which have gone to a decider. The Japanese-Haitian player is establishing herself as an ice-cool competitor in the latter stages of Grand Slams.
She has won all three majors at which she has gone past the fourth round.
Serena Williams Stats
Age: 39 (26 September 1981)
Height: 5’9” (175cm)
World Ranking: 11
Career High: 1 (July 2002)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 73
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23 (7 Australian Open, 7 Wimbledon, 6 US Open, 3 French Open)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017)
Serena Williams Form
Serena Williams played one of her best matches of the past few years when she beat Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Williams showcased how much her movement and defense has improved as she unleashed trademark devastating power, but kept it under control.
She was broken twice in the second set and finished the match with 38.1% points won behind her second serve - the second match in a row she has won less than 40%.
Like Osaka, Williams has dropped just one set at the Australian Open so far. She has won five of her past seven Grand Slam semifinals.
Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams meet in the semifinals of the Australian Open on Thursday 18 February.
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Naomi Osaka vs Serena Williams are meeting in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Serena Williams has not been able to play her best tennis in the climactic stages of Grand Slams in the past few years. Naomi Osaka has consistently done so when she’s gone that far.
Williams is playing well enough to take Osaka the distance for the first time in their rivalry, but Osaka has not lost a deciding set for over a year.
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