Naomi Osaka cruised through to the Australian Open semi-final and says she is looking forward to it no matter who her opponent is.
Osaka beat veteran player Su-Wei Hsieh in straight sets in the quarterfinal and was in impressive form hitting 24 winners and losing only two points on her first serve with a 6-2, 6-2 win.
Hsieh has made an impression on the Grand Slam this year with her unorthodox playing style and friendly bubbly personality off court too.
At 35 years old, she set a new record as the oldest woman in the Open Era to debut in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.
But Osaka, who won the Australian Open in 2019, was just too strong and showed the impressive form which has now put her on a 19-match winning spree.
The Japanese star will now play either her self-confessed idol Serena Williams or Simona Halep in the next round and Osaka says it will be fun either way.
“(I’m) definitely really happy with how I played today. Every time I play her it’s always such a battle,” Osaka said.
“Even though the score was like this, it was actually another battle for me. She’s able to hit winners off both sides. You never know when she’s about to go for it. “
“I know my next opponent is Serena or Halep. I normally watch Serena’s matches anyway, but everyone’s told me about my draw here so I kind of had no choice but to know who my next opponent is.
“But definitely it’s going to be a heap of fun.”
Meanwhile Hsieh was quick to praise Osaka after the match and backed her to go all the way.
“She always can go all the way,” Hsieh said. “She just needs to play her game and stay calm. She’s a great player.”
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