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Australia Open Semi-finals: Osaka Ends Serena’s Bid For 24th Grand Slam Title 

Australia Open Semi-finals: Osaka Ends Serena’s Bid For 24th Grand Slam Title 

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka ended Serena Williams’s latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown with a straight-sets win in the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday.

Osaka third seed swept past Osaka 6-3, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena in front of thousands of fans allowed back in after Melbourne lifted a snap five-day lockdown.

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She will face either American Jennifer Brady or Czech Karolina Muchova on Saturday for a fourth Slam title after her success at Flushing Meadows in 2018 and last year, and Melbourne in 2019.

The victory left Williams, who won her last major in Melbourne in 2017, stranded on 23 Grand Slam titles as she strives to match Margaret Court’s all-time record.

Since winning while pregnant in Australia four years ago, Williams has lost four Slam finals, including one to Osaka in a controversial and heated 2018 US Open decider which left both women in tears.

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