Australian Open: Osaka defeat Svitolina to reach semi-finals


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Naomi Osaka dominated Elina Svitolina to win in straight sets and reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

The Japanese US Open champion, 21, had too much firepower for Svitolina, triumphing 6-4 6-1 in Melbourne.

Sixth seed Svitolina, who is still to go beyond the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam, received treatment for a neck and shoulder injury during the second set.

Osaka will face Karolina Pliskova in the last four on Thursday after the Czech player overcame Serena Williams.

The seventh seed fought from 5-1 down in the decider and saved four match points to record a 6-4 4-6 7-5 win.

Fourth seed Osaka says that winning the US Open in September has given her the taste of success in the biggest events.

“I know that a few months ago I would have given anything to be in the semi-finals of a Slam,” she said.

“But it’s this weird feeling of, like, you want to do the next big thing. Especially now that I won a Grand Slam, I feel like I want to win another on.

“I’m so close and I just want to keep going.”



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