From the 2019 Wimbledon final to the 2021 Australian Open quarter-finals, after two years, Serena Williams finds Simona Halep and completely changes the final.
The American champion, who plays a game of quality and above all quantity became the protagonist of a success after just over sixty minutes with a double 6-3.
It will be among other things the rematch of the Flushing Meadows final dated 2018. To add the 24 Slam of her amazing career, Williams will probably have to beat the top three players in the world. In the press conference after the quarterfinal match against Halep, Serena Williams said: “I just realized I was making a lot of unforced errors in those games that I lost. And, I knew that I had an opportunity to play better. So I was just like, Just stay in there. You just can keep going. And that’s what I just did. I know that, throughout my career, speed has been one thing that’s been super good in my game. This is the best match I’ve played this tournament, for sure. I knew I should have done better than other matches and I did. I am radiant about it. During the off-season I didn’t specifically train on a few shots, I was more concerned with recovering physically.”
The 39 years-old Amercian Tennis champion face Naomi Osaka who reached the semifinal of the Australian Open 2021 by beating Su-Wei Hsieh in straigh sets, with the final score of 6-2 6-2.
In the press conference after the match, the Japanese talked about the match and abiut her idol Serena Williams.
She said: “I’m really happy with how I played – every time I play her it’s such a battle and despite the score it was another battle for me. It makes me a bit more calm, just knowing that even though my back was severely against the wall I still had opportunities.”
Even today when I had two match points and she saved them both, normally I feel like I would have panicked but today I was pretty calm. About Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka said: “I always watch Serena’s matches, anyway. Definitely going to be real fun. I keep the TV on the tennis, right? But if there’s an interesting match to watch, I’ll watch it. It’s just kind of interesting to watch her form. For me, I grew up watching Serena, Federer, Nadal. It’s just more of a habit than anything. I feel like everyone in the tournament watches her.”
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