Serena Williams is underdog to Naomi Osaka in Australian Open semis

Even for Serena Williams, this shouldn’t be attainable. 

Not the truth that she’s again in one other Grand Slam semifinal, so shut but once more to No. 24. Or that she’s capable of nonetheless beat a number of the finest gamers on this planet at age 39, at a time when most of her contemporaries and rivals are lengthy gone from high-level skilled tennis. 

No, essentially the most stunning factor about how Williams has ripped means of the draw at this distinctive Australian Open is that she’s been capable of seemingly flip again the clock on a physique that for the previous few years appeared prefer it was going to be the most important impediment to successful extra Slams. 

No matter what occurs in Wednesday night time’s semifinal in opposition to Naomi Osaka, who has established herself as the perfect hardcourt participant on this planet, another massive run for Serena not looks as if a protracted shot. 

Serena Williams celebrates beating  Simona Halep during their women's singles quarterfinal match during the Australian Open in Melbourne on February 16, 2021.

“I’m right here, and I’m comfortable to be right here and I gotta preserve going,” Williams mentioned after beating No. 2-ranked Simona Halep 6-3, 6-Three in a quarterfinal match that completed whereas most Individuals had been nonetheless asleep Tuesday morning within the U.S. “Clearly, I’ve an unbelievable opponent to play and it’ll be good to hopefully preserve elevating the extent of my recreation. I’m going to need to.”

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