Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka On Pace for Showdown at 2019 Australian Open

Naomi Osaka is just one win away from a potential showdown against #16 ranked tennis superstar Serena Williams in the Australian Open women’s finals championship. Naomi catapulted to fame when she beat Serena in the US Open women’s finals last year.

On Monday Serena knocked off No. 1 seed Simona Halep, of Romania, to advance to the quarter-finals where she faces No. 7 Karolina Pliskova.

“I really needed to elevate my game because she’s the No. 1 player in the world and there’s a reason why,” Williams the mom-of-one told the crowd after the match. “I’m such a fighter and I never give up. It’s definitely something that is innate. This is my job — to come out and play in front of you guys.”

Serena, 37, won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2017. Her win was even more remarkable because she was pregnant with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., at the time.

Serena’s mom, Oracene Price, went viral on social media after she seemed unimpressed by Serena’s emotional win.

Naomi, who is ranked #4 in the world, dropped the first set in her win over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday. She advances to the women’s quarter-finals against No. 6 Elina Svitolina on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Sevastova – the No. 13 seed – had hoped for a chance to win her fourth grand slam title. She gave Osaka a run for her money, causing 17 unforced errors by the 21-year-old Japanese-American.

Photos by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images, MediaPunch / BACKGRID, Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • Soda

    Serena has won so many times that her mother doesn’t need to show a reaction. ?

  • davine puddin

    If i had serenas money i would get better spa treatments. Key is to wax not shave underarms. But alas i dont have her money. Fit body. Nor her sports talents. So im hushing up.

  • Ebony Starr

    And she’s traveling around the world watching 2 daughters play on different days, at different times of day. (Venus was just eliminated by Halep).

  • Ebony Starr

    They are both playing incredibly, but I’m rooting for Serena!!

  • HotInCleveland

    ? Loving all the melanin!

  • Trey

    revenge

  • iWasteTime

    I’m here for this rematch! Black Women doing it in 2019!
    I love her compression fish nets too … lol! Until my granny ask for a pair ..
    I follow Quai Quai on IG, the Williams-Olympian family seems so fun!

  • Guest

    Rooting for Serena!

  • Sassie

    LOL

  • Sassie

    I think you’re right about that.

  • Renee26

    Rooting for you Serena!!

  • Renee26

    Get outta my head ?

  • Renee26

    She may have sensitive skin that burns from deodorant… That leaves dark marks

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Serena needs to be ashamed of herself for wearing that outfit and causing so many men to get caught by their wives for looking too long.
    Lordt that’s some bootyliciousness right there.
    Her husband much have a big hammer to keep all of that nailed down.

  • the guest

    SERENA 2019!

    Her mother doesn’t look unimpressed, Ms. Price looks protective, on guard, and prepared for any BS racism they try to throw her daughter’s way. She’s knows her daughter is a genius and a winner. She doesn’t jump up and down and fall out over wins, she’s keeps an eye out and grounded. Love this family!

  • wonderwoman

    I’ll be watching. Watched Serena take down Halep yesterday. Haven’t seen Naomi yet, it will be interesting. Rooting for Serena, just hope she keeps her cool this time and take down Naomi this time. I love my sports.

  • Yardgirl

    THIS!!!!^^^^ co-sign!!

  • Marlika

    White folks are always concerned about the look on a black persons face.?? Its like if you’re not walking around like this?? all day then you have an attitude or somethings wrong. I had a YT tell me yesterday I look like I don’t want to be bothered. I gave her that ? look and rolled my eyes. Bish it’s 12 degrees what you from me! ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Serena needs a new coach because that effer was watching the Tsitsipas match while Serena was on the practice court.

  • the guest

    Thank you.

    Her mother’s expression is supreme confidence.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And don’t let two or more blacks be at the water cooler simultaneously because they think we’re plotting to blow up the office.
    Most white people are so fearful and nosey.

  • Ebony Starr

    He coaches Tsitsipas also, that’s why he was watching him.

  • the guest

    Venus is a brilliant tennis player, but I’ve been saying for years, she needs to be modeling. She’s stunning.

  • the guest

    Thank you!

  • davine puddin

    Oh yeah you are right Renee26. i forgot about how sensitive people skin could be…i stopped getting my eyebrows waxed years ago because i got a skin tag near where wax occured. Had to get it checked and removed.

  • iWasteTime

    That is his player too ?????
    I’m sure it’s been reversed …

  • Ebony Starr

    She is stunning, those long legs! All of the modeling she does for her tennis line, proves it.

  • Marlika

    They get on my damn nerves!!?????

  • the guest

    THIS is so true.

    It’s because white people see black people’s smiles as absolving white people from their racism.

  • Marlika

    Or when they see you smile they’re like “ oh someone’s in a good mood!” ? or “ Why are so happy” or “ I’ve never seen you smile before” ? White folks are exhausting I swear!

  • Rahab

    They have a problem then too. We are up to something if we show too much happiness and pride in self.

  • Rahab

    ? Well they banned the catsuit; fishnets up next.

  • Wile E. Coli

    You sound angry. Nothing like proving their point!

  • Mrs. S. O.

    Soooo are we going to pretend to like Serena’s mama’s wig orrrr…….????

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Well that reinforces my point.
    She needs a coach who can dedicate his complete attention.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah that’s why Nike created this green outfit for Serena.
    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    True!!

  • MsPam

    Yes, if she didn’t have a famous daughter people would be dragging her. Hell they would be dragging Serena.

  • Renee26

    Yeah deodorant burns me. I tried to switch to a natural mineral deodorant instead but that ish didn’t work. I’d rather have dark marks than be musty!

  • LeeSeeCee

    You should have just replied, “I didn’t want to be bothered, so why are you bothering me? Did my face NOT say enough for you? OK, here it is verbally then.. I. DON’T. WANT. TO. TALK. TO. YOU.” LMBAO. The nerve of people these days.

  • hottlanta

    U suppose 2b smiling like a happy slave. Yessa massa l sa mighty happy 2 bs hur with ya up hur in this hur place. Massa ya treats me mighty fine up in hur. Yes sur. Yous didnt give mes a raise but yous gave yourself a 18%s raise but massa l sa ? 2 bs hur with ya. Now l s is gonna goes 2 my desk ns finish werking these hur 17 hours with nos lunch. I is gots me a good massa. Yus sur re. Dont talk bout my massa. I sa kill ya dead.

  • the guest

    Energy taxing.

  • Trace da Ace

    Go Serena!!!!!!! Oh…and tell your mom dukes that wig is a no-no…….

  • Let them eat cake

    no one cares

  • Wile E. Coli

    I love it when someone takes the time to post that they don’t care.. always cracks me up.

  • Marlika

    You sound like a stupid ass cracka or one of those negros that kiss their ass. ?????

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Well, whoever best out wins! I like both players, and want Serena to always win, but these women of color aren’t trying to come in 2nd place!

    Mom isn’t (outwardly) excited when she wins the finals for the biggest grand slams!

  • Wile E. Coli

    so.. that’s a yes.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Yep!

    And, that’s why so many take their own lives, or off their spouse, when their seemingly perfect lives fall apart than to divorce, or debts cause them to terminate a spouse or relative for the insurance on money they’ve amassed!

    The PRETENSE, fake smiles!

  • Mrs. S. O.

    That orange wig is a mess. It is very unbecoming of her.

  • Wile E. Coli

    yeah.. don’t smile. it’s baaaad.. lol.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    wHAT IS THE AGE OF THE OLDEST TENNIS PLAYER? SHOULDN’T SHE BE RETIRED? hOW DOES THIS WORK?

  • Hunni24

    To be fair, that’s an old pic. Her mom actually has dreds now. They blonde, but they are dreds, not an atrocious wig!

  • Hunni24
  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why should she retire?

    Serena got to the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year.

    Maybe Venus should consider retirement but she wants to play for the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics next year.

  • Cannelle
  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Because it is a very physical sport. I thought a person’s body broke down after a certain amount of ears.

  • Nik

    Depends on the sport.

  • Nik

    I love Serena. Let’s give Mama Oracene a pass. We’ll just have to deal. lol.

  • Yui

    lmao, why are you yelling? ?

  • Nik

    I have a white British friend who said in her social class it is encouraged to be emotionally dishonest because raw feelings are considered in poor taste. When she brought me around her people she went on and on about how if they ask me a question they can trust it’s an honest answer. I was bewildered because I’m from NY and the expectation is the real real. I could not wrap my brain around honesty being something novel. Needless to say I don’t fool with her because I am the type to like to know who I’m dealing with.

  • Topic Influencer

    SHOULDN’T SHE BE RETIRED?
    ^^^^^^^
    Not sure. maybe we need to ask Vince Carter, the oldest NBA player (will be 42 later this week) who is STILL dunking on cats half his age.

  • Nik

    I’m in tears, hon! Big tears! LMBO!!!!

  • Nik

    LMBO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nik

    And that’s why I love her. She is that old school “no joke” like Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston.

  • Nik

    Oh snap, dark marks are not normal? **makes waxing appointment**

  • Nik

    I’m telling you. Our pH changes as we get older. We have to stay on top of that.

  • Yardgirl

    ??

  • Faithz

    Osaka has Beat Serena Two (2) Times, So?
    Serena Last Ten Games she has Lost One Game.
    Osaka Last Ten Games she has lost Four Games.
    http://www.stevegtennis.com/head-to-head/women/Serena_Williams/Naomi_Osaka/

    Serena You hang in there!!!!

  • Faithz

    So True Roderick2011….
    It’s going to take Decades for Many of the Tennis Players to ever
    catch up to Serena Winning, Dominating ways in Tennis, and the SERENA Haters all know this Including the First bitter, pressed Hater to Commented Here..
    I am just saying…..

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yes, but Serena has been pacing herself well the past couple of years playing only the top tier tournaments and Grand Slam events.
    The exhibition in Doha earlier this month was the first time Serena played since the U.S. Open. Most of the other players do it year round and it’s going to show up physically .

  • Faithz

    Age is just a number, just ask Serena. From the looks of things
    Serena focus, power strength, is still intact
    and she can still win a game here and there Look at all those Players who has fallen. The Australian Open Started with 32 Players and they are down to Eight and the GOAT is still in it, how sweet that is for Serena… hahahahahah.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What is so impressive to me is her longevity.
    I mean she’s played in several different eras. She started out as Steffi Graff was concluding her career. Then she played through the Henin and Clijsters and then she came back from that knee injury and her sister’s death.
    Then she came back after she cut her foot and had those blood clots and now she’s back after having a baby.

  • Faithz

    I love the idea that if Serena can’t Win the game then let the next best
    at the time win, that’s the way things/life goes.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    Mom is just waiting for them to make the announcement that rompers will be banned.

  • Faithz

    Yes indeed, I was worried about her when she was down , and out of the Game there for a while. And I Cosigns your every Word!!!

  • hottlanta

    Or if your brother come 2 the office he is automatically your man. Every black man u talk 2 u screwing him.

  • Faithz

    God only gave Us (2) Ears.
    Serena still got her’s.

  • Faithz

    Hahahah Made me Lol , and think about when Serena , and Venus was dropping them Beads all over the Tennis Court, they have come a very long way.

  • hottlanta

    My friend had me rolling when she told me her manager complained bcas she didnt smile enuf. When l told her 2 act

  • Faithz

    Also depends on your Raw Determination, Health
    and your will power to stay in that sport longer. Just ask Federer.

  • Faithz

    More than Osaka is out to try and mop the floor with Serena as.
    Vengeful Pliskova is really out to get her, and so was all the players she has played this past few weeks…

  • Faithz
  • the guest

    Why is it our wealthiest sisters have the worst weaves, except for Oprah? Everyday sisters have their weaves perfect. Oprah needs to open an ethnic hair salon for celebrities.

  • the guest

    They do love pretense.

  • the guest

    Japanese believe emotions are in poor taste too. They are reserved and it’s not customary for them to say I love you. Also, remember when Princess Di died and people judged the Queen for not falling out in grief. The upper class British don’t do that.

  • the guest

    Exactly.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I love it whenever a new player comes on the scene and they think she’s the one who’s going to dethrone Serena but that player flames out and Serena (and Venus to a lesser extent) are still on their A-game.
    Did you hear that next year the Aussie Open will allow mid-match on the court coaching and of course from now on a player’s ranking will be protected when she goes on maternity leave.
    Women in the future can thank Serena because she’s made the WTA and various media outlets so much money.

  • Parent

    Would you retire if you were at the top of your game?

  • Nik

    Yes, the Japanese definitely are about restricting emotional displays. On the one hand it is effective because emotions can be deceiving and complicate even simple issues. On the other hand, if not showing emotion equates to suppression, then that’s extremely unhealthy.

  • Faithz

    Serena sure is a Money Maker for the Tour, and Yes I did, I try to keep up with Serena and Tennis. One of my sisters got me watching Tennis. I even have Favorite Men Tennis Player. Yes The Williams has paved the way for so many women in Tennis. Long ago they used to talk about how hard the Williams hit the tennis balls, now every female on tour is trying to out Ace, and out hit the Tennis Balls. The Williams can hang with the best of them, and have Clout paper to prove it. The Williams represents America Well.

  • Faithz

    The Cartoonist who drew the Pictures of Serena last year, Both of the British Players from where he live are out , and Serena is still playing, Wonder who is he drawing negative looking pictures on , and about now.

  • Renee26

    LOL ion care I’m not turning to wax… I CANNAAAA in my Joseline voice

  • Faithz

    I think He’s May be Coaching him, not sure, In Fact He went to Mouratoglous Serena Tennis Coach Tennis Academy In France, that’s why he sitting in his Box…Serena Coach opened a Tennis Academy, and I think it was said that the grounds had many, many tennis Courts there.
    It’s Called Mouratoglous Tennis Academy.. See some day they may even start having the Mouratoglou Tennis Open We never Know, but we know that’s $$$$.

  • Faithz

    Roderick Mouratoglou has a Tennis Academy that is Huge, and I think Serena , and Her Husband Supports Him 100%.

  • Faithz

    The word on the curb is that Mouratolou Academy is one of Europe’s leading schools for Tennis, and since 1998 more than 500 Tennis players have trained at his academy, and they have summer camp there for the summer.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Luv U Serena, but not feeling the fishnets.

  • Faithz

    Me Either, I was looking, and wondering why she wore them, and I wished I could Design for her , and many of the other Tennis Players.

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • Faithz

    PS, Speaking from the top of my head, on Serena Mama , and them silly Wigs, I could care less, and she could wear two wigs flipped inside out, and she will still be the Woman who gave Birth to Two (2) Tennis Aces. Years ago my sister who turned me on to Tennis, Used to call Serena , and Venus the “Beverly Hillbillies” who could put a great beat down on them Tennis Balls.

  • Faithz

    So many Becky’s and Sisters want to be like the Williams, Just ask Osaka, Stevens, Keys, Taylor, Vickery, and all the women, white, black polka dot and zebra….

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l! True. We all have our quirks and strange ways of doing things.

  • Faithz

    When Serena Played Halep, I was nervous, for Serena
    when Halep won the second set Because Halep is a great player as well.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I was thinking the Same thing. Maybe U should work on a few designs.

  • Faithz

    So very true.

  • Hunni24

    ROFL

  • Hunni24

    Actually it started with 128 players. That she’s among the final 8 shows how much the “old” player still has. No retirement here!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I understand. I guess he’s planning for the future his bets because most people assume that once Serena breaks Court’s record that she will retire and give Olympia a sibling or two.

  • Hunni24

    I don’t either, but they are compression tights to prevent blood clots.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Ahhh… I might need to get me some orange ones then…

  • Nik

    LMBO!!!

  • PrettyMeka08

    I thought that was Oprah’s real hair?

  • JENNYJONES1

    SERENA GOT THE ‘FRESH’ PERM BUN. CONGRATS GIRL……..JENNY JONES!!!

  • MsChocCookie

    Serena mom probably wants her daughter to retire that’s all….it ain’t that serious…..

  • Logan Roberts

    I’m cheering for both ladies.

  • chaisun

    That’s because that’s the way they look all day. Like this ?all day. You look over and they’re staring at you on the train, Whole Foods, at the gym etc with that same look. Don’t let you have natural hair, locs or naturally big butt. I just stare at them like ?until they feel so uncomfortable they look away. Bad enough they’re moving to my neighborhood now. All I see are dogs, lattes and ?all day.

  • Antigone Heart

    How is it that curve of her neck synchronized so well with the grumbling I felt in my belly? Wow, a deep seeded laugh for sure…?

  • gail jones

    YOU – IS – SICK!!! I’m done…..

  • gail jones

    Sho do

  • gail jones

    Will run you fûcking ragged, and u ain’t done a damn thang but put your pocketbook down and take your coat off.

  • Faithz

    I hear you many of these people are so Funny often times, Lol.

  • Faithz

    If Serena Never, Ever Win another Tennis Match She’s still got her Name Written into the Tennis Legends/Icon Books….For Eternity.

  • Solstice
  • Solstice
  • Solstice

    Yes! I have to use the clinical Secret now. I was like wth? I can’t be funky.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91c6383cb5328012838161a2e59b5ae8cb2a7a84c33b808e7a712db40123ec15.gif

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Yeah, I know some cultures frown on being honest and open! Why Princess Diana turned things upside down. Why MANY Black men believe White women are primarily docile or subservient!

    And, I agree, I like to know who I’m dealing with!

    Deception leads to betrayal!

  • monique

    Mama Williams is used to Serena winning. It’s been how many decades since her girls have been winning, beating opponents?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Yes.
    Who wants to leave washed up?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Yes.
    Who wants to leave washed up?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    The caps were on & I did not notice until after.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    The caps were on & I did not notice until after.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Not the roller though! LOL!

  • EMILY POST

    I like the newbies Osaka and Sloane… Serena has been so dominate for so long will be interesting to see their next match. Its a big win for Tennis because besides Venus early in her career, she is another good opponent against Serena.

  • Kimberly King

    I had to read through the comments first to ensure that I didn’t have to go off on anyone. There are a few celebs who are dear to my hear…. Serena is one of them (along with Rihanna and Sade). Serena wears the fishnets for health reasons ONLY. She had complications during (and after) the delivery of her baby. Mama has locs now! I’m thinking that pic is old. Unfortunately, Rena lost in the quarters. She rolled her ankle and wasn’t the same since. Her coach said she rolled it pretty bad and he also said he didn’t think Serena would have been able to play in the semis with her ankle because it was swollen after the game. I do believe she will get to #24 AND #25. OSAKA is in the finals and I will be rooting for her.

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    the ancestors no longer have her back and neither do I,, ,she is never winning again, she betrayed them… she betrayed us… she is a traitor just like every one else who marries and pro creates with these devils.