February 28, 2021


Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

When does Serena Williams play Naomi Osaka in Australian Open?

The insomniac-friendly Australian Open has entered the benign phase of its fortnight. After forcing viewers to stay up past midnight on Tuesday for Serena Williams’ quarterfinals victory over Simona Halep, the tournament has ditched the red-eye for Wednesday’s marquee showdown between Williams and Naomi Osaka.

The start time for the Williams-Osaka semifinal match is a far more agreeable 4 p.m. Pacific time. Williams, the tournament’s 10th seed, advanced to the semis with a decisive 6-3, 6-3 defeat of the second-seeded Halep. A victory over Osaka, who beat Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-2 in her quarterfinals match, would position Williams for her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.

Williams and Osaka have previously met four times, splitting the matchups. Their most notable meeting was in the 2018 U.S. Open, which Osaka won in straight sets. The 23-year-old Osaka, who won the 2019 Australian Open, is 6-0 from the quarterfinals on in Grand Slam events.

Williams is seeking her eighth Australian Open title. She has been stuck on 23 Grand Slam event titles, one short of Margaret Court’s record, since winning the 2017 Australian Open.

The match can be watched on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. It can be streamed on the ESPN+ and ESPN apps.