Australian Open 2021: “She’s such an inspirational person” – Serena Williams on her semi-final opponent Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams defeated Simona Halep in straight sets in the quarter final.

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Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

American tennis icon Serena Williams continued her challenge for a record-equaling 24th career Grand Slam with a straight-set win in the quarter final of the Australian Open 2021 over Simona Halep. She will now face Naomi Osaka in the semi-final in what could be a blockbuster clash. Serena was at her ruthless best throughout the quarter-final match as she won it 6-3, 6-3. There were some difficult moments in the second set when Halep broke first, but the American’s experience helped her get the win.

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

Serena Williams speaks on Naomi Osaka

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams also spoke about her opponent in the semi-final, Naomi Osaka and said, “She’s such a strong player on the court, and she’s such an inspirational person I think off the court, which I think is really cool. And it’s so good to see just someone that is so inspiring on both things, whether when they’re doing their job or they’re not doing the job and so that’s really, really cool for me.”

With the rest of the quarter-final matches yet to take place, World No. 1 Ash Barty and Naomi Osaka seem like the biggest challengers to Serena’s quest towards equaling the great Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam titles. Serena also equaled the record of Roger Federer for the most singles Grand Slam matches won.

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