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Australian Open: Osaka defeats Williams to advance to final

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Andy Cheung/Getty ImagesBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News

(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams’ quest to get her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title was put on hold Thursday after she was defeated by Naomi Osaka in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

The No. 3-seeded Osaka beat Williams in two sets, 6-3, 6-4. The semifinal contest was the fourth time the two faced off against each other. With Thursday’s win, Osaka now leads 3-1 in their matchups.

Osaka, 23, will now go up against Jennifer Brady, seeded 22nd, in the tournament’s final on Saturday. Brady, 25, advanced after defeating Karolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Should Osaka be crowned the champion at Melbourne Park, it would mark her fourth Grand Slam singles title.

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