Naomi Osaka’s dominance, Novak Djokovic’s crown and more Australian Open takeaways

A Herculean effort was required to stage the 2021 Australian Open and navigate many of the pandemic restrictions. But the tournament still provided high-quality matches and produced two incredible champions in Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic. With a delayed start, quarantine woes and the reemergence of the fans (then their absence and return yet again), … Read more Naomi Osaka’s dominance, Novak Djokovic’s crown and more Australian Open takeaways

Serena’s latest loss sparks more questions about her future, but not about her legacy

As she made her way off the court Thursday at Rod Laver Arena, Serena Williams stopped for a moment as the recently returned crowd stood and showered her with applause. She raised her left arm to wave before moving her hand over her heart, as if to let them know the feeling was mutual. She … Read more Serena’s latest loss sparks more questions about her future, but not about her legacy

Naomi Osaka tops Jennifer Brady at Australian Open for 4th Grand Slam title

The trouble for Naomi Osaka at Grand Slam tournaments comes in Week 1. Get beyond that at the hard-court majors, though, and start preparing to etch her name on the trophy. Osaka won her fourth title in her past eight appearances at a Slam, emerging from what initially was a tight Australian Open final and … Read more Naomi Osaka tops Jennifer Brady at Australian Open for 4th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams: Four years of hurt: Serena Williams’s Grand Slam failures since her 23rd title | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Serena Williams was knocked out of the Australian Open in the semifinals by Naomi Osaka on Thursday, ending her latest bid to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Here is a rundown of the American great’s failed attempts at history since winning her last major at the 2017 Australian Open … Read more Serena Williams: Four years of hurt: Serena Williams’s Grand Slam failures since her 23rd title | Tennis News – Times of India

Serena mum on future, leaves presser in tears

MELBOURNE, Australia — Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams walked out of her postmatch news conference in tears Thursday after her loss to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semifinals. Osaka defeated Williams 6-3, 6-4 to advance to her second final in three years at Melbourne Park, leaving the American still searching for her record-equaling … Read more Serena mum on future, leaves presser in tears

Osaka ends Williams’ bid for record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title

MELBOURNE: Naomi Osaka ended Serena Williams‘ bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title in a storm of power hitting on Thursday, humbling the American great 6-3 6-4 to reach her second Australian Open final. In a rematch of their tumultuous 2018 U.S. Open decider, Osaka underlined her status as the new queen of women’s … Read more Osaka ends Williams’ bid for record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title

Australian Open: Serena Williams downs Simona Halep to enter semi-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Serena Williams came through a huge test of her Australian Open title credentials to beat Simona Halep 6-3 6-3 in a high quality quarter-final and reach the last four at Melbourne Park for the ninth time on Tuesday. The 39-year-old American went toe-to-toe with the Romanian second seed over 80 engrossing minutes on Rod … Read more Australian Open: Serena Williams downs Simona Halep to enter semi-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

How Serena Williams’ 2021 Australian Open run speaks to a new chapter in her career

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady walloped the Kansas City Chiefs to earn Brady his seventh Super Bowl ring, it prompted a series of “Is Brady the GOAT of all GOATs?” conversations. Most of those greatest-of-all-time discussions ended, or should have, upon remembrance that Serena Williams exists. Like Brady, Williams has the rings … Read more How Serena Williams’ 2021 Australian Open run speaks to a new chapter in her career

Osaka, Serena show resolve in Melbourne, keep potential semis clash alive

As a smiling Serena Williams made her way to the net after defeating Aryna Sabalenka in three hard-fought sets Sunday in the fourth round of the 2021 Australian Open, 18-time major champion Chris Evert seemed in awe over what she had just seen. “Is this the next level of women’s tennis?” she said on the … Read more Osaka, Serena show resolve in Melbourne, keep potential semis clash alive

Stats: Djokovic 300, Osaka 50, Serena just behind Federer

10:42 AM ET Manoj BhagavatulaESPN Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and Alexander Zverev were among the big names to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday. Here are the best stats from the action. 300 Djokovic’s 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Milos Raonic is his 300th career Grand Slam … Read more Stats: Djokovic 300, Osaka 50, Serena just behind Federer