Naomi Osaka Advances To Australian Open Semis

Melbourne: Naomi Osaka reached the semifinals on Tuesday as she overpowered Hsieh Su-wei with 6-2, 6-2 scoreline at the Australian Open here.

She will next meet the winner of the quarterfinal match between Williams and No. 2-seeded Simona Halep.

“I was pretty calm. I’m really happy how I played today,” said Osaka.

“I normally never look at my draw but everyone’s told me about it here,” said the three-time Grand Slam champion.

“I always watch Serena’s matches. It’s definitely going to be a lot of fun.”

Hsieh, a renowned doubles player, has been the surprise package of the tournament and emerged as a fan favourite due to her eclectic style of play and affable personality.

The veteran made history by becoming the oldest woman in the Open era to debut in the quarter-finals of a Slam.

Seeded third, Osaka reached 122 mph (196 kph) on her serve against Hsieh. She hit seven aces, lost only two points on her first serve and was never broken en route to her 19th consecutive victory.

Osaka also played excellent defense, such as in the final game, when she raced forward to chase down a drop shot, flicking a backhand cross-court for a winner.