Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka outclassed Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in straight sets in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open here on Wednesday.
The fourth-seeded Osaka won 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 12 minutes of play at Melbourne Park, reports Efe news.
She dominated her opponent with eight aces, 31 winners and a more accurate second serve during the match. Svitolina received treatment for shoulder problems as in her previous match at the tournament.
In the semi-finals, the Japanese will play the winner of the quarter-finals between Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova.
Serena Williams was sensationally bundled out of the Australian Open Wednesday after an epic three-set fight with Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova for a semi-final spot.
Pliskova won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to set up a final four clash with Japanese fourth seed Naomi Osaka, ending the American great’s dream of claiming a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park this year.
“I was almost in the locker room, now I’m standing here as the winner. It’s a great feeling,” an exhausted Pliskova said.
“My mind was in the locker room. I wasn’t playing very well in the third set but I thought let’s try, this game at 5-2. She got a little bit shaky in the end so I took my chances and I won.” Williams, 37, had blazed through the early stages of the tournament, seeing off world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round.