Third seed Naomi Osaka has reminded local hope Ashleigh Barty of who her main competition is at the Australian Open, dispatching veteran Hsieh Su-wei to reach the semi-finals.
The three-time grand slam winner displayed an ominous combination of power and placement to brush Su-wei aside, winning 6-2, 6-2 in just over an hour.
Osaka will now play the winner of Tuesday night’s quarter-final between Simona Halep and Serena Williams.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka cruised through to the semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hsieh Su-wei on Tuesday. Credit:Getty Images
“I know my next opponent is Serena or Halep. I always watch Serena’s matches anyways, but everyone has told me about my draw here so I don’t really have a choice but knowing who my next opponent is,” Osaka said on-court after the victory.
Naomi Osaka, right, greets Hsieh Su-wei, left, after their match. Credit:Getty Images
Osaka survived a major scare in her fourth round match against last year’s finalist Garbine Muguruza, saving two match points to come from behind and win in three sets.
However, she showed no sign of fatigue in another eerily empty Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday dropping just two points on her first serve against Su-wei.
More to come.
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