A brief look at the Australian Open:
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Naomi Osaka won 19 consecutive games, but none of those victories came against Serena Williams. Three-time grand champion Osaka will face the 23-time singles Grand Slam champion Williams in the semifinals of the Australian Open on Thursday. This will be their fourth match. Osaka’s most memorable victory in the final of the 2018 US Open, which ended in tears for both players during the trophy ceremony. It was one of Williams’ four Grand Slam finals since her last major championship, which came in Australia in 2017. Jennifer Brady faces Karolina Muchova in the women’s semifinals. Novak Djokovic will continue his candidacy for the ninth Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam trophy overall when he plays 114th-ranked Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the men’s singles semifinals. The 27-year-old Karatsev is the first person in the professional era to reach the semifinals of his first career career in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. He has already eliminated three underdogs, but nothing more difficult in Melbourne Park than trying to beat Djokovic, who is 16-0 in the semi-finals and finals of the Australian Open.
THE FOURTH FORECAST
Sunny, 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit)
WEATHER ON WEDNESDAY
Sunny, high from 29 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit).
MAIN RESULTS FROM WEDNESDAY
Women’s Quarterfinals: No. 25 Karolina Muchova defeated No. 1 Ash Barty 1-6, 6-3, 6-2; No. 22 Jennifer Brady defeated Jessica Pegula 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Men’s Quarterfinals: No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat No. 2 Rafael Nadal 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5; No. 4 Daniil Medvedev beat No. 7 Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.
CONDITION OF THE DAY
1978 – The last time an Australian won an Australian Open singles championship; Chris O’Neill won the women’s title this year. Barty was the last man or woman in the country to host a single this year.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It breaks the heart, of course … but the sun will rise tomorrow. You either win or you study, and for me today is a huge learning curve. “Barty, after she leaves the quarterfinals.”