2021 Australian Open: Osaka sails into the semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia – [3] Naomi Osaka (JPN) cruised in the first quarterfinal matchup of the tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Su-Wei Hsieh.

Osaka immediately went down a break point in the opening game but saved it with an ace, her first of 7. She then broke Hsieh in a 7-minute game to go up 3-1 and never looked back.

After winning the first set 6-2, the World No. 3 was on cruise control against a notably tricky opponent who has a wide variety of shots with her two-handed backhand and forehand.

Controlling the majority of rallies, it took only 10 minutes for Osaka to go up 3-0 in the second set. Just like she did in the first, Osaka broke Hsieh to wrap up the set and match, earning a 6-2, 6-2 victory.

Osaka remains unbeaten when she reaches the quarterfinals at a major, moving to 10-0 with her victory on Tuesday. On Thursday, she will play the winner of [10] Serena Williams and [2] Simona Halep for a spot in the finals.

Fast Facts

  • 3 of the 4 previous meetings between Osaka and Hsieh went three sets
  • Hsieh is currently the No. 1 ranked doubles player in the world

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Jessica Pegula (USA) | EZONE vs. [22] Jennifer Brady
[3] Naomi Osaka (JPN) | EZONE / POLYTOUR STRIKE def. Su-Wei Hsieh, 6-2, 6-2