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Australian Open 2021: When is the women’s final?

The finals of the Australian Open are set to take place this weekend with the conclusion of the men’s and women’s singles, but which of the final eight will be there?

So far, the tournament has been full of drama, with two of the best players knocked out in the quarter-finals on Wednesday – world No 1 and home favourite Ashleigh Barty was beaten by Czech player Karolina Muchova, while world No 2 in the men’s game, Rafael Nadal, suffered a shock defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas.

READ MORE: When is the Australian Open men’s final?

Thursday will see the return of crowds to Melbourne Park after a local lockdown due to a small coronavirus outbreak, and should provide great support for some incredible showdowns.

Here’s everything you need to know about the conclusion of the women’s draw.

When is the final?

The women’s singles final will take place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Saturday 20 February at 8:30am GMT.

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How can I watch it?

The match will be broadcast live on Eurosport channels.

Who will play in the final?

Thursday will see the semi-finals take place, with Muchova facing American Jennifer Brady, while Naomi Osaka will battle Serena Williams for a place in the final.

Osaka went into the tournament as the bookies favourite, and her contest with Williams is almost guaranteed to be one of the matches of this year’s Australian Open.

The last time the pair played each other was in their infamous 2018 US Open final when Williams was punished with a game penalty for verbally abusing the umpire, and Osaka’s first Grand Slam title was overshadowed by boos and jeers from the crowd.

Williams, who is bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, looked extremely powerful and focused in her win against world No 2 Simona Halep, but Osaka is on a career-high, having dropped only one set en route to the last four, and is likely to be the winner in this contest. 

The other finalist is harder to predict, with Brady and Muchova being at similar stages in their career.

Muchova has beaten higher-quality opponents in Melbourne this year, taking out first seed Barty on Wednesday, which could give her some confidence.

Twenty-second seed Brady, however, has arguably had the easiest run to a Grand Slam semi, having not faced anyone below her seeding, including 25th Muchova, which could give her the edge. 

Brady played Osaka two years ago in the Australian Open semi-finals, where the Japanese player took three sets and went on to win the entire tournament.

Osaka’s fate is likely to be the same this year.

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