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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest news about the Australian Open (all times local):

19:00

Barbora Krejcikova has had a chance at an Australian Open doubles in the coming days.

Krejcikova and her compatriot Katerina Siniakova will meet second-seeded Elise Mertens from Belgium and Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus in the women’s doubles final on Friday.

Krejcikova earned a spot in the mixed doubles final on Saturday by pairing with American Rajeev Ram to win a semi-final against Australians Marc Polmans and Storm Sanders 6-3, 6-3.

5:55 PM

Jennifer Brady has claimed an epic 18-point final match to beat Karolina Muchova in three sets at the Australian Open to reach her first Grand Slam final.

Brady saved three breakpoints and converted her fifth match point when Muchova sent a forehand long to end the 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win in the semi-finals.

Brady will take on three-time grand champion Naomi Osaka for the title on Saturday.

It’s a rematch of a US Open semi-final won by Osaka last year.

Brady is an American placed 22nd and went through a harsh two-week quarantine when she arrived in Australia because someone tested positive for COVID-19 on her flight.

The 25th seeded Muchova comes from the Czech Republic. She upset No. 1 Ash Barty in the quarter-finals.

5:00 pm

Jennifer Brady and Karolina Muchova advance to a third set in their Australian Open semi-final.

Brady took the opening set 6-4. Muchova claimed the second 6-3.

The winner will reach her first Grand Slam final and will face Naomi Osaka for the title on Saturday.

Brady is an American placed 22nd who had to undergo a harsh two-week quarantine when she arrived in Australia last month because someone tested positive for COVID-19 on her flight.

Muchova comes from the Czech Republic and is placed 25th. She upset No. 1 Ash Barty in the quarter-finals.

3:35 PM

Naomi Osaka has stopped Serena Williams’ latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Osaka reached her fourth grand final by beating Williams 6-3, 6-4, extending her winning streak to 20 games.

Williams took the first two games before Osaka took control with a five-game run.

Osaka broke Williams to start the second set and was on his way.

Williams forehand was out of the game the entire game and she ended up with a total of 24 unforced errors and only 12 winners.

Williams won her 23rd major championship at Melbourne Park in 2017, but remained one behind Margaret Courts for most of its history.

2:55 PM

Naomi Osaka has won the opening set of her Australian Open semi-final against Serena Williams 6-3.

Williams broke up immediately and moved up to a 2-0 lead. But Osaka took the next five games in a row.

Williams is trying to get closer to a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title.

Osaka hopes to win its fourth major championship.

The winner will meet Jennifer Brady or Karolina Muchova in the final on Saturday.

2:15 PM

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have started their showdown in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

There are fans in the stands at Rod Laver Arena after the end of a local five-day COVID-19 lockdown that banned all spectators from the tournament.

Williams is hoping to get closer to what would be a record-setting 24th Grand Slam trophy.

Osaka is looking at its fourth major championship. One came via a win over Williams in the 2018 US Open final.

1.30 pm

Serena Williams will try to take another step towards a record 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals.

The players are scheduled to be on the court in the Rod Laver Arena in about half an hour.

Spectators may return to Melbourne Park on Thursday (Wednesday evening EST) after being banned for five days during a local COVID-19 lockdown.

39-year-old Williams already holds 23 major singles trophies, one away from Margaret Court’s record for the most in tennis history.

Williams’ most recent Grand Slam title came at the 2017 Australian Open while she was pregnant. Since returning to the competition after her daughter was born, Williams has reached four major finals and lost each.

One of those defeats came against Osaka during the US Open in 2018. The 23-year-old Osaka also won the US Open and the Australian Open 2019 last year.

The other ladies’ semifinals are No. 22 Jennifer Brady of the United States against No. 25 Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic.

There is one semi-final for men on the program: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Aslan Karatsev, a qualifier from Russia who ranks 114th and competes in his first Grand Slam tournament.

Djokovic is looking for a ninth Australian Open title and an 18th Grand Slam trophy overall.

Rafael Nadal who lost in the quarterfinals to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roger Federer are tied for the men’s record of 20.

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