Naomi Osaka is swinging with the freedom a great escape affords and the omens are mounting following a comfortable Australian Open quarterfinal defeat of dangerous Su-Wei Hsieh on Tuesday.
In a flawless showing from the Japanese third seed, she clobbered 24 winners and lost only two points on her first serve in a 6-2 6-2 victory – her 19th straight, dating back to February last year.
It was the first time two women of different Asian nationalities had reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal and this shaped as one of Osaka’s trickiest obstacles to a fourth major.
“(I'm) definitely really happy with how I played today. Every time I play her it’s always such a battle,” Osaka said. “Even though the score was like this, it was actually another battle for me. She’s able to hit winners off both sides. You never know when she’s about to go for it. “