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Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams in straight sets to reach final (2021)

Naomi Osaka has won both of her Grand Slam matches against Serena Williams


Naomi Osaka claimed an impressive victory over Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open final and end the American's latest quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

Three-time Slam champion Osaka withstood early pressure from Williams to win 6-3 6-4.

Read more: Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams in straight sets to reach final (2021)

Australian Open: Craig Tiley 'absolutely confident' Grand Slam will go ahead (2021)

People connected to the Australian Open queued for coronavirus tests at a Melbourne hotel on Thursday

 

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley says he is "absolutely confident" the Grand Slam will start as planned on Monday, despite 160 players waiting for the outcome of coronavirus tests.

A total of 507 people connected to the event were told to isolate by Melbourne health officials on Wednesday after a hotel worker tested positive.

Read more: Australian Open: Craig Tiley 'absolutely confident' Grand Slam will go ahead (2021)

Australian Open: Players to go into isolation after hotel coronavirus case (2021)

Players, officials and support staff started arriving at the Grand Hyatt hotel in mid-January



Between 500 and 600 Australian Open players, officials and support staff will go into isolation after a worker at one of the event's quarantine hotels tested positive for coronavirus.

Thursday's play at the six warm-up events at Melbourne Park has been cancelled as a result.

Read more: Australian Open: Players to go into isolation after hotel coronavirus case (2021)

Tennis accused of 'turning a blind eye' to quarantine (2021)

ATP Challenger events have been taking place in Istanbul and France so far this year



While quarantine in Melbourne has been capturing the headlines, players in Europe have become increasingly angry about the way self-isolation is being handled by the tennis authorities.

The ATP and the French Tennis Federation (FFT) are accused of "turning a blind eye" to quarantine directives in France, with players describing it as "immoral" and "unethical".

Read more: Tennis accused of 'turning a blind eye' to quarantine (2021)

Australian Open to allow up to 30,000 fans to attend per day (2021)

More than 812,000 people attended the Australian Open in 2020



Up to 30,000 fans a day will be allowed to attend the Australian Open, Victoria's minister for sport has announced.

A daily crowd capacity of 30,000 will be permitted for the first eight days of the tournament, split equally between day and night sessions.

Read more: Australian Open to allow up to 30,000 fans to attend per day (2021)


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