Naomi Osaka superior Tuesday to a possible semifinal showdown towards Serena Williams on the Australian Open.
Osaka earned her 19th victory in a row by overpowering Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-2, and can subsequent meet the winner of the quarterfinal match Tuesday night time between Williams and No. 2-seeded Simona Halep.
“Usually I by no means take a look at my draw,” Osaka stated. “However everybody has informed me about my draw right here, so I form of had no alternative however to know who my subsequent opponent is. It’s positively going to be actually enjoyable.”
Seeded third, Osaka reached 122 mph (196 kph) on her serve towards Hsieh. She hit seven aces, misplaced solely two factors on her first serve and was by no means damaged.
Osaka additionally performed glorious protection, akin to within the remaining sport, when she raced ahead to chase down a drop shot, flicking a backhand cross-court for a winner.
At 35, Hsieh was the oldest girl to make her Grand Slam quarterfinal debut within the skilled period. However Osaka wasn’t fazed by Hsieh’s flat, misleading two-handed strokes from each side, pounding forehand winners into each corners.
Osaka’s profitable streak features a U.S. Open title in September for her third Grand Slam championship. The streak additionally consists of her fourth-round win final week, when she saved two match factors and swept the ultimate 4 video games to overhaul Garbiñe Muguruza.
“It makes me a bit extra calm, figuring out that my again was severely towards the wall,” Osaka stated.
Osaka is Four-Zero in Grand Slam quarterfinals, together with a victory en path to the Australian Open title in 2019.
Two quarterfinal matches have been on the lads’s schedule: eight-time champion Novak Djokovic towards Alexander Zverev, and Grigor Dimitrov versus 114th-ranked qualifier Aslan Karatsev.