Osaka def. Serena, advances to Australian final

Naomi Osaka advanced to the Australian Open final after beating Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4.

The 23-year-old Osaka became the third player to win each of their first two major meetings against Williams. Williams’ sister, Venus, won her first three major meetings at the 1998 Australian Open, 2000 Wimbledon and 2001 US Open. The other is Jennifer Capriati at the 2001 French Open and 2001 Wimbledon, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Williams was trying to reach her ninth Australian Open final in a bid to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam.

Osaka, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, will try for her fourth major championship on Saturday when she faces either No. 25 seed Karolina Muchova or the 22nd-seeded American Jennifer Brady.

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