Serena Williams has praised the Japanese Naomi Osaka as an incredible opponent in the press conference on Tuesday. Both these superstars will play each other in the semi finals of this year’s Australian Open on Thursday.
After defeating Romania’s Simona Halep in the quarterfinals, Williams was answering the questions about her feeling about the upcoming match against Naomi Osaka. She said that she is feeling good and positive. She said that Naomi is an incredible opponent to play against. She was hopeful that she will rise the level of her game against Japanese. Williams praised Naomi Osaka and said that she has got a very good and strong serve, she has got great return and she is very powerful on both sides.
Both Naomi Osaka and Williams played against each other in the 2018 U.S Open final when umpire Carlos Ramos issued Williams three code violations. Osaka later defeated Williams in that match and won her first Grand Slam title. This victory of Osaka was overshadowed by the public’s anger and the event fueled wave of racist and sexist attacks against Serena Williams.
Osaka has said that Williams is her idol and she has grown up marveling the mega star Williams. Williams is looking for her 24th Grand Slam title. Now it remained to be seen who will win this epic battle.