Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka after registering a win over Karolina Pliskova in the Australian open semi-final on Thursday
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka after registering a win over Karolina Pliskova in the Australian open semi-final on Thursday

Naomi Osaka enters maiden Australian Open final

ANI | Updated: Jan 24, 2019 16:49 IST

Melbourne (Australia), Jan 24 (ANI): Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka reached her maiden Australian Open final as she defeated former world number one Karolina Pliskova in their semis clash of the women's singles event on Thursday.
The 21-year-old thrashed Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 and set up a summit showdown against two times Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova.
With 96 points and 15 aces, Osaka kept the momentum with herself and played in a dominant fashion on the court.
While talking about the match, the Japanese player said that she was not at her best but is happy about the fact that she did not give up.
"I don't necessarily think I played the best I've ever played. I mean, for me, what I take away from this is that I never gave up, and that's something that I'm really proud of myself for," WTA quoted Osaka, as saying.
"There are moments in the match where I thought, like, 'This is getting really close.' I just thought I wouldn't forgive myself if I had a little dip or a moment of accepting defeat," she added.
Expressing her thoughts over final clash against Kvitova, Osaka said that she is expecting the match to be exciting as she has never faced her before.
"We've never played before. I think to have the opportunity to play her for the first time in a final of a Grand Slam is something very amazing," Osaka said.
"I've watched her play the Wimbledon finals. I know what a great player she is. It's definitely going to be very tough for me," she added.
Kvitova made it to the Australian Open final after Danielle Collins of America 7-6, 6-1 in their semi-final match. (ANI)

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