Reigning US Open champion, Naomi Osaka defeated one of her strongest rival, Karolina Pliskova 6-2,4-6,6-4 to reach her first Australian Open final at the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.
Osaka who defeated Serena Williams in the US Open last year put up an electrifying performance to send out of the tournament in what was her revenge against the Czech player who defeated Naomi in the 2018 Tokyo final.
She will now face Kvitova who defeated Danielle Collins 7-6(2)6-0 in the final.
The Japanese in an interview after the game said she has gained more experience and was up to the task against Pliskova.
“I kind of expected a fightback from Pliskova because I’d played her so many times and honestly she beat me more than I beat her,”
“So I was expecting a really hard battle, and I just told myself to regroup in the third set and try as hard as I can, and I managed to win.”
“I guess I’ve gained experience playing matches like this.
“To be honest, I was so scared serving second serves. I was like, oh my god, please! Somehow I made it, so I guess that’s experience.”
On her part, Pliskova who ousted Serena Williams in the quarter-final said she was satisfied with the game she played and congratulated Osaka for her performance.
“I’m not upset with myself just that I lost. There is nothing that I would do differently,” she said.
“I believe she played an unbelievable match. To be honest, maybe her best in her life. I don’t think she can repeat a match like this. She just had very little mistakes.
“I don’t think I did actually something wrong. I had some chances, of course I had. The chances, they were not in my hands at all. There was not much that I could do.”