Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka Defeats Karolina Pliskova To Reach Back-to-back Finals - MySportDab - Sports News Nigeria

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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka Defeats Karolina Pliskova To Reach Back-to-back Finals

US Open champion Naomi Osaka reached back-to-back Grand Slam finals with a hard-fought win over Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova at the Australian Open.
Osaka has become the first player toreach the final at her next Slam following a maiden major win since American Jennifer Capriati in 2001.

The Japanese fourth seed won 6-2 4-6 6-4 and will face Petra Kvitova, another Czech, in Saturday's showpiece.

MySportDab report the 21-year-old, hit 15 aces and 56 winners in a confident display.


The semi-final was played under the Rod Laver Arena roof as temperatures touched 40C in Melbourne.

Asked about her feelings when Pliskova won the second set, Osaka said: "I kind of expected it a little because I've played her so many times and she has beaten me more than I've beaten her. I told myself to regroup and I managed to win.

"It's just experience playing matches like this. I was so scared serving second serves, I was like 'oh, my god, please' and somehow I made it so I guess that's experience."

The final will see Osaka and 28-year-old Kvitova, who has reached her first Grand Slam final since being stabbed in December 2016, battling for the world number one ranking.

- Naomi Osaka becomes the first Japanese woman in the Open Era to reach the #AusOpen final.

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