Naomi Osaka has just defeated Serena Williams to deny her a shot at record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the 2021 Australian Open and fans are reacting on Twitter.
Osaka who hasn’t lost an official match since last February, put together a dominating performance in the Australian Open semifinals, beating Williams 6-3, 6-4 and ending hopes that the 39-year old American would tie Margaret Court’s all-time Slam record at this tournament.
Osaka, who also beat Williams in the 2018 US Open final, has now reached her fourth major title match and stretched her winning streak to 20 matches by claiming the last eight points.
“I don’t know if there’s any little kids out here today, but I was a little kid watching her play,” Osaka, 23, said about Williams, 39, “and just to be on the court playing against her, for me, is a dream.
Osaka will face either No. 25 seed Karolina Muchova or 22nd-seeded American Jennifer Brady in the final.
“I could have won. I could have been up 5-love,” said Williams, who instead took a 2-0 lead at the outset before dropping the next five games. “I just made so many errors.”
“Too many mistakes there,” she said. “Easy mistakes.”
Below are some of the fans reactions after Serena lost to Naomi:
Seeing Serena loose who has set a great record for herself is such an heartbreak but happy for Naomi , atleast is better than what I heard about Pastor Apostle Suleman 😢 pic.twitter.com/W6mEnYiwMw
— Adahor | (@adahorinc) February 18, 2021
Naomi Osaka is so incredible in victory and gracious towards her opponents. She always recognizes the moment.
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) February 18, 2021
Great win for Naomi Osaka. Seeing her rise in dominance is really a treat, but it’s hard not to feel a heavy sense of disappointment when Serena loses.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 18, 2021
I am always happy for Naomi and will always root for Serena to get her 24th grand slam title
— Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe) February 18, 2021
I’m so internally conflicted. I’m so sad for Serena. I’m so happy for Naomi. pic.twitter.com/4RIq9r1kIp
— Arielle (Ari) Chambers (@ariivory) February 18, 2021
2019 champ Naomi Osaka beats the 7-times winner Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4 to reach a 2nd #AusOpen final.
20 (!) consecutive wins.
Serena loses a SF in Melbourne for the first time.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 18, 2021
Serena Williams should know that the game is turn by turn. it’s Naomi Osaka’s era.
— sophia (@90sSophie) February 18, 2021
— Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) February 18, 2021
Serena was just asked what she felt caused her bad performance today. She started to cry and then left the press conference.
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) February 18, 2021
You will get it Queen 🙌🏿 You will get that 24th Grand Slam🔥
The day is coming when the pressure will still be there but your mind will be crystal clear and focused on the task at hand. #Serena pic.twitter.com/3yQFjblJjT
— #AbafanaTheBoysEP #Babywam (@Mocchachinoochi) February 18, 2021