Fourth seed Naomi Osaka demolished Elina Svitolina on Wednesday 6-4, 6-1 to set up an Australian Open semi-final with Karolina Pliskova.
Looking ahead to her next match, Osaka said only, “I played them both and they’re both very great players and I know that it’s going to be tough no matter who I play.”
The first set on Wednesday began on serve until 3-2, when Osaka and Svitolina exchanged breaks five times until the Japanese finally took the set.
On a roll, Osaka then claimed the first five games of the second set with some aggressive shot-making as Svitolina, who called for a medical time-out midway through the second set, crumbled.
The Ukrainian sixth seed appeared to be suffering from the same shoulder and neck issues which have troubled her throughout the tournament.
Though she managed to avoid a bagelling by pulling one back to 5-1, Osaka served out her win in the next game, blasting a perfect forehand past the Ukrainian to seal her win.
Osaka is the first Japanese woman to reach Australian Open semi-finals in 25 years.
“I tried to be consistent, or as consistent as I can, she’s a really good player and it’s kind of unfortunate that she got injured,” Osaka said. “Playing against her even when she was injured was still really tough.”