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Naomi Osaka denies Serena Williams a shot at record-tying 24th major title at Australian Open

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Serena Williams has been denied her opportunity to match Australian Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles after she was beaten by 23-year-old Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday.

(CNN)Serena Williams has been denied her opportunity to match Australian Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles after she was beaten by 23-year-old Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday.

Osaka won the match 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the Australian Open final for the second time.

"I don't know if there's any little kids out here today, but I was a little kid watching her play," Osaka said of Williams on court after the win.

Williams, 39, embraced Osaka after the match.

Williams was asked in a post-match news conference if the gesture meant farewell.

After the news conference, Williams posted the following on Instagram: "Melbourne and my Australian fans- Today was not ideal outcome or performance but it happens. . .

Williams' last major title was at the 2017 Australian Open, when she was eight weeks pregnant.

This is her first loss in an Australian Open semifinal, having previously gone 8-0 at that stage in the tournament.

Osaka, the reigning US Open champion and winner of the 2019 Australian Open, is undefeated in grand slam semifinals and finals.

She now has a 3-1 career record against Williams, including when she defeated Williams in the infamous 2018 US Open final.

Neither Brady, 25, nor the 24-year-old Muchova have reached a major final before.

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