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2019 Australian Open: Semifinals

Date
24 January 2019

MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka (JPN) advanced to her second-straight Grand Slam final with a three-set victory over Karolína Plíšková. With her win, Osaka became the first Japanese woman to reach the Australian Open finals in the Open era.

It was an unlikely matchup this late in the tournament, as both Osaka and Plíšková needed come-from-behind victories in previous rounds before meeting in the semifinals - Osaka was down a set and 1-4 in the third round, while Plíšková faced four match points and rallied from a 1-5 deficit in the third set against Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

The 21-year-old was dominant in the opening set, hitting 16 winners to Plíšková's four and firing five of her tournament-leading 50 aces. However, Plíšková was able to break Osaka for a second time late in the second set to push the match to a decider. 

But it was Osaka, who has focused on keeping her emotions in check after her third round comeback, that struck first in the final set. She converted on her only break point of the third set to go up 2-1 and saved four break points en route to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory. This marks the 59-straight match that Osaka has won after taking the first set. 

Osaka will play eighth-seeded Petra Kvitová in the finals for their first-career meeting. Not only will the pair be playing for the Australian Open title, but the winner of Saturday's match will also ascend to World No. 1 for the first time in their respective careers. 

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[4] Naomi Osaka (JPN) - EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 def. [7] Karolína Plíšková