Naomi Osaka will contest her second Australian Open final in two years, following a masterful performance to end her idol Serena Williams’ campaign for a record-equalling 24th major.
The thought of losing has become almost inconceivable for the Japanese third seed as she extended her winning streak to 20 matches.
Her 6-3 6-4 victory on Rod Laver Arena came in just 75 minutes and inflicted a first Australian Open semifinal defeat on the 39-year-old Williams from nine showings.
It was Osaka’s third triumph over the seven-time champion from four meetings.
“I think honestly for me it’s always an honour to play her and I just don’t want to go out really bad so I just wanted to try my best,” Osaka said.
“I was a little kid watching her play. Just to be on the court playing her is a dream.”