Naomi Osaka has returned to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the third time in four years after seeing off Ons Jabeur in an entertaining clash at John Cain Arena.
The AO 2019 champion completed a 6-3 6-2 victory over the Tunisian trailblazer – her 17th match win in a row – to set up a mouth-watering clash with Garbine Muguruza.
Osaka and Muguruza have combined for five Grand Slam singles titles and are two of the biggest stars in women’s tennis – but have never played each other.
“I've practiced with her once … I just remember being really impressed by her, and for me, I've watched her win Wimbledon and win the French Open, and I've always wanted to have the chance to play her,” Osaka said of the Spaniard.
“So for me, this is really exciting.”
After Muguruza routed Zarina Diyas in just 56 minutes earlier on Friday, Osaka ensured a blockbuster match-up with the Spaniard after seeing off the tricky challenge of Jabeur.
She has now beaten a trio of quality opponents in Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Caroline Garcia and Jabeur for the collective loss of just 13 games.