Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Others Join the Likes of Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty Before Australian Open 2021

Published 01/08/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan attends a training session ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 26, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)


2019 Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has managed to win a grand slam in each of the past 3 years. In 2018, she made her first breakthrough, winning the US Open. The following year she won the grand slam in Melbourne. And last season, she won her third major and second title at Flushing Meadows. 

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As the 2021 Australian Open is soon about to begin, top guns such as Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and are going to be heading down under. Although, there are a couple of WTA 500 tournaments to be played before the first major of the new season. The two events are being held under the banner ‘Melbourne Summer Series’. Both the events are going to be carried out simultaneously, beginning from the 31st of January till 6th February. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates winning match point during her Women’s Singles first round match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Going to Be Exciting for Fans to Witness Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep

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Speaking with Tennis Australia official, Cameron Pearson, he was excited with the response received from the players on tour. He said, “There’s no doubt this will be a historic week of tennis and is the biggest-ever AO lead-in week we have seen in Australia. It’s an exciting prospect for fans both onsite and watching around the world.”

After the troubles, people have faced over the past year, Tennis Australia is confident of putting up a great event ahead. For the players, fans in and around the venue it certainly is a positive development in recent times. 

Huge Coup to Secure Strong Playing Fields

Reflecting on that aspect, he further stated, “While we know the circumstances are unique this year, it is a huge coup to secure such strong playing fields. I hope fans, whether onsite or watching at home, will embrace what will be a high-quality week of events.”

The events are going to witness some of the best players on the women’s tour. World No. 1 and homegirl Ashleigh Barty is going to be cheered with sheer biases. 2018 Australian Open finalist and 2-time grand slam winner Simona Halep is going to be a star attraction too. 7-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams is going to make her presence felt too. The last slam won by the American was in Melbourne in 2017. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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