Incredible but real. Once again, he couldn’t close like a Major wanted. Serena Williams again suffered the curse of the 24th Grand Slam title that remains elusive and cannot match the all-time record held by Margaret Court. On this occasion, the American fell to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semifinal.
The youngest of the famous Williams sisters fell to Osaka 6-3, 6-4 and in that way saw her great dream of equalizing the top mark of cups in the great tennis tournaments once again frustrated, which continues to show the Australian withdrawal, with 24.
Serena, with her success in the quarterfinals in Melbourne, had equaled the Swiss Roger Federer with 362 individual victories in the Grand Slam and could not then surpass him in Australia and reach the record number of 363. And another goal that fell by the wayside , at least for now, was to equal the also American Chris Evert with the maximum mark of finals in the Grand Slam, of 34.
At the 2017 Australian Open four years ago, Serena Williams achieved her last Grand Slam. That time, she got her long-awaited 23rd Major and so went on to the German Steffi Graf, who was awarded 22. There her dream of the famous 24th was very close, but history was changing.
The youngest of the Williams was a mother, she returned to the circuit and in these four years she played 11 Grand Slam, reached four finals and lost them all. Now, in Melbourne, he came at a high level, but again Osaka, who leads the personal duel 3-1, prevented him from taking a key step towards the very special goal.
In 1999, at the US Open, Serena won the first of her 23 Grand Slam. She got all four and twice she got all four in a row, but not in the same season. In 2002 he won in a row at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open and joined them with Australia in 2003. The same streak was achieved when he won the 2014 US Open and then succeeded in 2015 in Australia, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
She already said it herself, that she puts a lot of pressure to be able to reach the record. He will keep trying, faithful to his winning and fighter lineage, with more careful rivals and one of the keys will be his physical condition.