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Australian Open women’s semi-final preview: Naomi Osaka v Serena Williams and Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady On Thursday afternoon, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams will meet in semi-finals of the women’s singles at the Australian Open. Below, we look at their respective paths to reach this stage, and how they have matched up in previous […]


Australian Open women’s semi-final preview: Naomi Osaka v Serena Williams and Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady

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On Thursday afternoon, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams will meet in semi-finals of the women’s singles at the Australian Open. Below, we look at their respective paths to reach this stage, and how they have matched up in previous meetings since their first, almost three years ago.

After defeating Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Osaka, 23, guaranteed her spot in the women’s singles semifinals. Meanwhile, Williams, 39, advanced to the semifinals after she defeated Romania’s Simona Halep, who is ranked second in the world, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory.

Whoever wins between Osaka, ranked third, and Williams, No. 10 among female players, will reach the women’s singles finals.

“I always watch Serena’s matches anyways,” Osaka told reporters after she beat Su-wei Tuesday. “Normally I never look at my draw, but everyone’s told me about my draw here so I kind of had no choice but to know who my next opponent is. But [it’s] definitely going to be really fun.”

Australian Open Tennis Semifinal 2021 Schedule :Live Stream

AUSTRALIAN OPEN – MEN’S SINGLES
FEBRUARY 18
03:30 pm ET
Novak Djokovic vs Aslan Karatsev

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN – MEN’S SINGLES
FEBRUARY 19
03:30 pm ET
Daniil Medvedev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN – WOMEN’S SINGLES
FEBRUARY 18
10:00 pm ET
Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka
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11:30 pm ET
Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN – MEN’S DOUBLES
FEBRUARY 18
11:00 pm ET
Ivan Dodig+ Filip Polasek vs Mate Pavic + Nikola Mektic
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN – MIXED DOUBLES
FEBRUARY 18
07:00 pm ET
Sander Gille + Hayley Carter vs Samantha Stosur
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08:00 pm ET
Desirae Krawczyk+ Joe Salisbury vs Andreja Klepac + Neal Skupski
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09:30 pm ET
Barbora Krejcikova + Rajeev Ram vs Marc Polmans + Storm Sanders
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN – MEN’S DOUBLES
FEBRUARY 19
07:00 pm ET
Bruno Soares + Jamie Murray vs Joe Salisbury + Rajeev Ram
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN – WOMEN’S DOUBLES
FEBRUARY 19
12:00 pm ET
Barbora Krejcikova + Katerina Siniakova vs Elise Mertens + Aryna Sabalenka
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Serena Williams, of course, has won 23 of those Slams and is again closing in on an opportunity to equal Margaret Court’s all-time 24-majors record.

She has been beaten in four major finals – twice in New York and twice at Wimbledon – since her 23rd Slam win while eight weeks’ pregnant in Melbourne in 2017. Having beaten one of the players who defeated her in the quarter-finals, Halep, she will now have to take out another in the semi-finals. Naomi Osaka, who won a dramatic 2018 US Open final that was overshadowed by a row between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos, has established herself as the best hard-court player in the women’s game. She has won three of the past five hard-court Slams and has never lost beyond the quarter-finals stage at a major.

‘I don’t really care about the – what would that be called – the stat, yeah, thank you,’ Osaka, 23, said after putting the tricky Hsieh Su-Wei to the sword. ‘Just because I’ve only been to, I guess, four quarterfinals. It feels something like 20. That would be cool. But four, it’s not really doing too much for me. ‘I would be more impressed if I didn’t lose in finals. If it says 10-0 in finals. But the fact is if I don’t reach the finals, I lose in the fourth round or the third round.

For me, I’m happy to be more consistent. I think I’m being more consistent since New York, so that’s the ultimate goal for me.’ Williams – who Osaka admitted makes her feel ‘really intimidated when I see her on the other side of the court’ – certainly has experience on her side but at 39, she enters this one as the underdog.

The second Australian Open women’s semifinal is set. In addition to the blockbuster matchup between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka (which we also offer predictions for), Jennifer Brady will battle Karolina Muchova for a spot in the final. Who will win? Our writers offer their thoughts on the match. Predicting this match are myself (Yesh Ginsburg), Jim Smith, Elias Laradi, Ryan Schick, and Steen Kirby.

Australian Open men’s semi-finals preview and predictions: Djokovic-Karatsev and Medvedev-Tsitsipas

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Novak Djokovic faces a tough test against an unlikely competitor, qualifier Aslan Karatsev, in the men’s semi-final of the 2021 Australian Open. It gets underway at 8.30am on Thursday UK time.

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Date: Thursday 18th February, 2021

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The Russian, ranked 114th in the world, beat an injured Grigor Dimitrov to set up a showdown with the defending champ. Will Djokovic make it to his ninth Australian Open final or will Karatsev shock the Serbian star? Here’s how to watch a Djokovic vs Karatsev live stream in 2021, wherever you are in the world.

Karatsev, the Russian qualifier who was ranked 114 in the world before this event began, is playing a Grand Slam main draw event for the first time and, well, totally smashing it. It took him 10 attempts to qualify for a Slam main draw for the first time and he had never beaten a player in the top-40. Now he’s recorded a first top-10 win and beaten three top-20 seeds.

In normal times, it would be tough to give Karatsev, 27, any real hope of taking out the eight-time Australian Open champion. But these are curious times and the qualifier appears fearless in the face of danger at the top level – something all the more remarkable when you consider he was outside the world’s top-250 just a year ago. He has certainly caught Djokovic’s eye. ‘I have not seen him play honestly before Australian Open,’ said the 33-year-old. ‘I have seen him play during the tournament here, and he impressed me, impressed a lot of people. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their men’s singles quarter-final match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 16, 2021.

Djokovic is hoping to win a ninth Australian Open (Picture: AFP via Getty) ‘His movement, his firepower from baseline. Flat backhand, Russian school, great backhand. Looks to run around. Also hits some good forehands, dictate the play. ‘And he is impressive. I mean, two sets down against Felix [Auger-Aliassime] coming back.

He was just very solid against Grigor [Dimitrov]. Unfortunately, and obviously Grigor couldn’t play at his best from the end of that second, beginning of the third. ‘But he’s there for a reason, and congratulate him for great success. It’s going to be our first encounter. Hoping I can be physically fit and looking forward to it.’ Karatsev’s cause may be helped by Djokovic’s mystery injury.