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The finals of the Australian Open are set to take place this weekend with the conclusion of the men’s and women’s singles, but which of the final eight will be there?
So far, the tournament has been full of drama, with two of the best players knocked out in the quarter-finals on Wednesday – world No 1 and home favourite Ashleigh Barty was beaten by Czech player Karolina Muchova, while world No 2 in the men’s game, Rafael Nadal, suffered a shock defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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Thursday saw the return of crowds to Melbourne Park after a local lockdown due to a small coronavirus outbreak, and should provide great support for some incredible showdowns.
Here’s everything you need to know about the conclusion of the women’s draw.
When is the final?
The women’s singles final will take place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Saturday 20 February at 8:30am GMT.
How can I watch it?
The match will be broadcast live on Eurosport channels.
Who will play in the final?
Naomi Osaka ended Serena Williams’ bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with an imperious 6-3 6-4 win on Thursday, a victory that booked her spot in her second Australian Open final and left the American great in tears.
In a rematch of their tumultuous 2018 U.S. Open decider, Osaka underlined her status as the new queen of women’s tennis and soaked up the cheers from the Rod Laver Arena crowd as fans returned to the Grand Slam after a five-day lockdown.
“It’s just always an honour to play her and I just didn’t want to go out really dud. I just wanted to try my best,” Osaka said after her 75-minute match on a steamy afternoon.
“I was a little kid watching her play and just to be on the court playing against her is a dream.”
Osaka, the 2019 champion, will meet Jennifer Brady, who ensured there would be at least one American in the final after battling to a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win over Karolina Muchova in the other semi on Thursday.
It will be a rematch of last year’s U.S. Open semi-final, where Osaka edged Brady in three sets on the way to her third Grand Slam triumph.