Naomi Osaka beats injury-hampered Elina Svitolina at Australian Open

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Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka is back into the semifinals of a Grand Slam after taking down No.6 seed Elina Svitolina in straight sets at the Australian Open.

After two consecutive breaks of service for each player in the opener, Osaka set up a fourth set point opportunity with a crisp backhand victor and converted it when Svitolina found the net with a thumping return. "But in the end, she was just playing better today".

"And I know that it's going to be tough no matter who I play, and honestly I'm just trying to go inside because it's little bit hot right now".

The 21-year-old from Japan moved closer to a second consecutive major championship by parlaying her aggressive and powerful style into a 31-11 edge in winners that helped her put together a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina on Wednesday at Melbourne Park.

Osaka's win sets up a tantalising possible US Open final rematch with Serena Williams, who had a meltdown during that loss and who faces Karolina Ploskova in Wednesday's last women's quarter-final.

Osaka and Nishikori's controversial depiction in the advertisement
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"I tried to be consistent", the No. 4-seeded Osaka said, "or as consistent as I can".

Both players fired down aces to hold their opening service games then went on to exchange two breaks mid-way in the opening set.

Osaka blew three set point opportunities on Svitolina's next serve with three embarrassing errors, berating herself with angry slaps on the thigh.

Trailing 3-0, a downbeat Svitolina called for a medical time out due to a neck problem, and she continued to struggle on serve afterwards as Osaka broke again for 4-0, before it was swiftly wrapped up at 6-1.

"I didn't do that well in the last two rounds so that was my only goal and I think I did it well so I'm really happy with the way I played".

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