Serena, Osaka advance to Aussie Open quarterfinals after being tested in fourth-round battles
Two top-10 professional female tennis players each needed a quality effort to get out of their own tough, fourth-round matches and into the 2021 Australian Open quarterfinals. Over the weekend, WTA superstars Serena Williams of America and Naomi Osaka of Japan punched their tickets to the quarterfinals after recording their respective three-set wins in the fourth round.
The No. 10 seed Williams defeated seventh-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-4, 2-6, and 6-4, while the third seed Osaka saved two match points in her 6-4, 4-6, and 7-5 win over Garbine Murguruza of Spain, the 14th seed of the tournament. Both ladies have a tough quarterfinal opponent standing in each of their way before a potential semifinal bout between the two titans in women’s tennis could clash.
Osaka and Williams will both play their quarterfinal matches in Rod Laver Arena on ESPN. Osaka will lead of the women’s singles quarterfinals circuit with a matchup against the unorthodox Su-Wei Hsieh, 35, of Taiwan tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT, while Williams will compete against second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania at 2 a.m. CT Thursday.
Williams is still chasing her 24th career grand slam championship while Osaka is vying for her fourth major championship. The semifinal matches are scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday on ESPN. For the entire 2021 Australian Open schedule, click here. For more sports coverage, click here.