Ebene News – GB – Live Updates from Australian Open 2021 Tennis – Naomi Osaka knocks out Serena, Muchova vs. Brady in action

A brilliant and powerful reverse forehand from Brady gives her two breaking points She converts as Muchova shoots from behind the baseline

Brady looks really confident there You never would have known it’s just his second Grand Slam semi-final

There were nerves at the start of Osaka vs Serena but there is no sign of that in this one Brady starts off with four successive points in a flawless serve game

Muchova leads H2H 1-0, winning her only encounter 6-3 3-6 7-6 in the round of 16 in Prague in 2019

Few will have predicted that the 22nd and 25th seed will go head to head for a place in the final, but the pair have earned their right to be here after tremendous wins

Muchova won huge scalps, beating world number 1 Ash Barty in the previous round as well as Elise Mertens and Karolina Pliskova, and the 24-year-old Czech will be confident of reaching his very first Grand Slam final

Meanwhile, Brady has mostly avoided seed opposition, having only faced 28th seed Donna Vekic so far, but the American has impressed nonetheless, most recently fighting off a set to beat his compatriot Jessica Pugula

This one seems too tight to keep up, but the victories Muchova has collected along the way here could give her the edge

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“I made a lot of straightforward mistakes in the first few games,” she said after the game

“I was really nervous and scared at first and then made my way through For me the most important thing is just having fun and it’s the first day to have a crowd in a while

“Honestly for me, it’s just an honor to play her and I didn’t really want to go out so I just did my best

“I was a little girl watching her play and being on the pitch against her for me is a dream The biggest thing I have learned in the past few years is just to be competitive, but you are playing against another competitor This in itself is the most fun part because tennis is a game

“It depends if [having experience of the Grand Slam final] you are really fearless or not I feel like everyone is really excited when they play their first final but they are also very nervous

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“I don’t want to wish someone nerves, but I hope one of them [the Brady vs Muchova winner] gets nervous!

Three match points and Osaka does it as Serena backhands the net! It’s a muffled reaction from Osaka but in all fairness she demolished Serena on the court with overwhelming tennis

A double fault from Serena now gives Osaka three break points! She wins the first with a glorious backhand that she viciously whipped over the net!

Simply brutal Serena broken down again Osaka will now serve for a place in her second Australian Open final after winning it two years ago

Nerves seem to hit Osaka again and Serena suddenly has three breaking points Wow!

The first two points Osaka saves but the third was Osaka’s double fault because the ball narrowly missed the T! We’re back to service!

It’s a relatively straightforward serve game from Serena, but how is she going to get this important breakup back?

This is a wonderful service game from Osaka, earning four points in a row, as Williams grew up in the Perfect Moment contest really

Williams absorbs the energy of the crowd, shouting after each point

It seemed to be working for her. She’s winning her serve game but is it all a bit too late?

Serena looks up at the sky as the crowd tries to support her She hasn’t been to the races

It’s better from Williams, who was greatly helped by his improved serve there Osaka one more set and one breakup, however

It’s another hit from Osaka’s serve Serena needs to find her game quickly as it quickly turns into a bit of a mismatch

Momentum is everything with Osaka and she’s got a breaking point Serena can’t reach her devastating setback and Osaka is in full control

After a brilliant start from Serena, Osaka confidently wins the first set, coming back from 2-0 to take 6-3 in 38 minutes

Williams made 16 unforced errors in this first game She is forced to run on the court and she is not following her opponent who is currently hitting

Williams forces Osaka to serve for the opening set Can Osaka keep her cool?

A quick serve take from Osaka puts her in a first set game It’s her fifth consecutive game

A few big shots from Osaka and a few poorly timed forehands from Serena feature the first with two break points She lands it on first demand with a powerful winner

It was quite a turnaround from the number three seed who took a break in the opener

Osaka hits an out and Williams gets a break point Osaka makes no mistake in drawing it for a tie, however, with the number three seed’s backhand volley too quick to come back

The Japanese player maintains her serve after a tight six-minute game It’s three straight games for Osaka after 25 minutes

Osaka wins two in a row to tie the game with crushing forehands The second was particularly impressive with Osaka delivering a dazzling shot at the net

Williams recovers from Osaka’s brilliant serve return with a cross backhand to gain the advantage, but Osaka hits a forehand winner into the corner

A lucky kick to the net allows Osaka to grab her first breakpoint opportunity and she retreats with Serena firing a forehand!

Osaka still struggles with their throws and Williams has a chance to double the break at 30-40, but two unforced errors and Osaka’s first ace of the game provide a big catch

Osaka looks a little tense and nervous at the moment and is trying to relax her muscles between the points by waving her arms

Serena comfortably wins her first serve game with her distinctively aggressive style that is working well right now

Osaka throws us She seems to have a hard time with her serve a bit with the sun directly in her eyes when she throws the ball in the air

Wild forehand gives Serena two breaking points The first is an unforced error by the American but the second Osaka hits the net

Wilander: “I’m going to get Serena I think Osaka is feeling the pressure and I think the Australian Open crowd would love to see Serena break the Margaret Court record”

Henman: “I would say Osaka It will come down to small margins and who plays big points well Mats a Serena, I’ll take Naomi”

Tim Henman on Osaka: “She produced a consistently high level She had to face adversity against [Garbine] Muguruza losing two match points She was able to respond and get out of trouble I think that she enters this semi-final full of energy and confidence

Mats Wilander on Serena: “I think it’s a huge game for her To beat [Simona] Halep you have to be consistent, you have to move and serve well I think she moves better and this game against Osaka is very rare at least in my eyes Serena will have to be the one to think a bit more in terms of ‘where do I serve, how many first serves do I need to get in? How to expand the pitch?’

“If you go for power, I think Osaka has a bit too much for Serena. Maybe the experience could pay off for Serena”

We are minutes away from the first semi-final of the day at 31 ° C in sunny Melbourne Grab a coffee and enjoy the ride!

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Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander says it is difficult to dispute Serena Williams’ GOAT title after her win over Simona Halep

However, he added that she will have to level up again for her semi-final against Naomi Osaka.

“Serena may be the GOAT, but she has yet to step up” – Wilander on Williams

Fans return to Melbourne Park for Grand Slam semi-finals after Covid-19 lockdown rules lifted 🙌

Serena beat Halep for her 40th Grand Slam semi-final – and has been hailed as the greatest tennis player of all time by members of her side as well as one of the Eurosport experts

She has nothing to prove by winning her 24th major, but it could be crucial for another reason 👇

Seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams stormed the semi-finals at Melbourne Park with a stunning straight-set 6-3 6-3 win over former world number one Simona Halep

Serena staged a racing masterclass ahead of the Romanian in style at Rod Laver Arena and dominated the game

Naomi Osaka advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 straightforward victory over Hsieh Su-wei at Rod Laver Arena in one hour and eight minutes

Hsieh was simply unable to cope with the power of Osaka’s groundstrokes and the 35-year-old, the oldest to ever make her first Slam quarterfinal appearance, committed too many direct errors – 23 against 14 for Osaka

It’s a pretty big game ahead of three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka takes on 23-time Slam winner Serena Williams in what should be an epic encounter at Rod Laver Arena

A final against Karolina Muchova or Jennifer Brady – today’s second semi-final – awaits you Who will come out on top?

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The final before the final? Karolina Muchova and Jennifer Brady might like to think otherwise, but there’s no denying that Naomi Osaka’s winner against Serena Williams will be the big favorite in Saturday’s Melbourne final.

“Serena may be the GOAT, but she has yet to step up” – Wilander on Williams

This will be the fourth installment of Osaka-Serena, and while the encounter is the most remarkable so far, there is a real chance here for a show in front of returning supporters

Back in Melbourne Park, the crowd might just catch a classic, but with their encounters so far all ending in back-to-back sets, that trend may need to change to become a match to remember.

The pair also met in Adelaide last month in a show that Williams won 2-6, 6-2, 7-10 – there’s not much to read, but given that both players have only given up one set for the whole tournament, it really looks like a draw as Osaka seeks Grand Slam No 3 and Williams, of course, a No 24

Muchova leads H2H 1-0, winning her only encounter 6-3 3-6 7-6 in the round of 16 in Prague in 2019

Few will have predicted that the 22nd and 25th seed will go head to head for a place in the final, but the pair have earned their right to be here after tremendous wins

Muchova won huge scalps, beating world number 1 Ash Barty in the previous round as well as Elise Mertens and Karolina Pliskova, and the 24-year-old Czech will be confident of reaching his very first Grand Slam final

Meanwhile, Brady has mostly avoided seed opposition, having only faced 28th seed Donna Vekic so far, but the American has impressed nonetheless, most recently fighting off a set to beat his compatriot Jessica Pugula

This one seems too tight to keep up, but the victories Muchova has collected along the way here could give her the edge

Qualified Aslan Karatsev has already tamed three seeds of this tournament in Diego Schwartzman, Felix Auger Aliassime and Grigor Dimitrov, but now – the biggest test of all, the toughest in men’s tennis

Facing Novak Djokovic in his “happy place”, Karatsev will have to play the match of his life in what will be the duo’s very first meeting

His best hope might be to capitalize on a Djokovic dive if the Serbian cuts an exhausted number, but the world No.1 has a ninth Australian Open in sight, meaning he will stop afterwards having already beaten Taylor Fritz , Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev

Djokovic on three seems to be the most likely outcome, but the qualifiers have already defied all odds in the Grand Slam, and Karatsev will be ready to do it again

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