Australian Open 2021 Women’s First Semi Final – Naomi Osaka vs Serena Williams

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18th February 2021.  ROD Laver Arena

Naomi Osaka  (Japan) vs Serena Williams (USA)

After five days of a lockdown since the Tournanent began, spectators were back on the Courts. It was good to enter the Rod Laver Precinct through the original Rod Laver Tram stop. The previous arrangemnt was a pain especially for the older and disabled patrons.  One had to walk over a pedestrian bridge then another twelve to fifteen minutes to the other John Cain Entrance! A few I met said they would never come back.

I was a bit late getting to the Arena and missed the first half of the First set, my Myki automatic top up did not work as the C Card, expired somewhere in the middle of the long Victorian Lockdown. Took some time to get it back all in order again.

This was an important match for Serena, looking to reach her elusive 24th Title to equal Margaret Court’s record. Not to be. Younger players are getting the experience of getting to the top and am wondering if the chances of achieving that dream target may slip away. Maybe not.

Naomi played an exceptional match and won, defeating Serena in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

Few Pics

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) and Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) and Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) and Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) and Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) and Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) and Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) and Serena Williams (USA)

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) and Serena Williams (USA)

Serena Williams

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) does the customary sign off on a glass platen in front of the TV Camera lens – with a message to sister Mari about weird messages her sister posts. Always expect the unexpected from Naomi on what goes onto that glass platen. Wonder what they do with those platens? Store it or clean it up for the next?

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN) leaves the Court.

Naomi Osaka (JAPAN)

 

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