Time up for Serena Williams?
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.
The Japanese tennis star, 23, defeated her American opponent, 39, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open semi finals at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday morning, February 18.
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.
No. 3-seed Osaka will face either No. 25 seed Karolina Muchova or 22nd-seeded American Jennifer Brady in the final.
Williams regretted that she could have won, but that she made several mistakes.
After winning her professional era-record 23rd Slam singles trophy at Melbourne Park while pregnant in 2017, Williams reached four major finals but lost them all.
She, also, now has lost in major semifinals twice in that span.
Should she bow out now?