Naomi Osaka (L) greet Serena Williams at the end of their women’s singles semi-final match on day eleven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. AFP
Naomi Osaka powered into the Australian Open final on Thursday to stay on track for a fourth Grand Slam title and keep Serena Williams’ dream of a record-equalling 24th major title on hold once more.
The Japanese third seed swept past the American veteran 6-3, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena in front of thousands of fans allowed back in after Melbourne lifted a snap five-day lockdown.
She will face either American Jennifer Brady or Czech Karolina Muchova on Saturday for another Slam title after her success at Flushing Meadows in 2018 and last year, and Melbourne in 2019.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka brutally halted Serena’s latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title as defending champion Novak Djokovic declared himself fighting fit for the Australian Open final after ending the incredible run of Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev with his ‘best match’
Jennifer Brady spent two weeks in hard quarantine gathering mental strength for her tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title and will hope there is plenty in reserve when she takes on Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s Australian Open final. While some of those in hard quarantine
Serena Williams’ long chase for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam trophy has been weighing on her mind ahead of next week’s Australian Open, admitted the 39-year-old seven-time Australian Open champion.
Eight-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic served a reminder of why he is the greatest Australian Open champion in history in a clinical 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 demolition of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, thus demonstrating that normal service had resumed
The ERA announced several ground-breaking initiatives ahead of the start of the season on Oct.29, including a programme that seeks to nurture Emirati management talent in the sector in an effort to advance the development of the sport in the UAE.
Gaining worldwide recognition, the Fujairah Chess and Culture Club was declared as hosts for 45th World Chess Solving Championship, scheduled to take place next year.
Spinners Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman and Rashid Khan wreaked havoc as Afghanistan trampled a hapless Scotland by 130 runs in their opening T20 World Cup match in Sharjah on Monday. The spin duo shared nine wickets between them as Afghanistan skittled out
Dubai: A buoyant Pakistan will look to extend their winning streak when they take on New Zealand in their second T20 world Cup match on Tuesday. Pakistan are brimming with confidence after breaking the losing jinx against India at the World Cup. They finally