Osaka, Australia Open Women’s Singles Semifinals First Arrival

Naomi Osaka is hitting the opponent’s ball in the quarterfinals against She Suway, the Australian Open tennis women’s singles, held in Melbourne, Australia on the 16th. Melbourne = Shinhwa Yonhap News

Osaka Naomi (24, Japan, 3rd in the world ranking) cruised toward the recapture of the hegemony of the Australian Open tennis tournament (A$80 million in total prize money, about 68.9 billion won) after two years.

Osaka was the first to advance to the quarterfinals after defeating She Suwei (Taiwan, 71st place) 2-0 (6-2 6-2) in the women’s singles quarter final on the 9th day of the tournament held in Melbourne, Australia on the 16th. Osaka, the winner of the 2019 tournament, will face the winner of the Simona Hallef (Romania, 2nd place)-Serina Williams (USA, 11th) race in the semifinals. Osaka is a player who has reached the top of the major tournaments for the last three years in a row, including the 2018 and 2020 US Open, and the 2019 Australian Open. However, he was eliminated in the third round last year.

Osaka’s power tennis match between Osaka and She Suwei, who is known as the “technics,” ended with Osaka’s complete victory. Osaka, who is of the same Asian nationality, but whose father is Haitian, has a strong sub at a maximum speed of 196 km/h, and She Suway’s maximum sub speed is 152 km/h, which is more than 40 km/h. Osaka dominated with the number of serve aces 7-0.

However, She Suwei, who was born in 1986 and is 11 years older than Osaka, is a player who is good at slowing down and targeting the course, and is famous for haunting the top rankers. Osaka and She Suway were ahead of the match by 4 wins and 1 loss before the match, but the match was expected to be tight on the day as they played a full set four times. In particular, Xue Suwei has played a good game against Osaka in the 3rd round of the 2019 Australian Open, winning the first set against Osaka and getting ahead 4-1 in the 2nd set before getting back.

However, in the match on this day, Osaka, ahead of the first set game score of 3-1, overcame the breakpoint crisis twice in their sub-game and ran to 4-1, taking the lead. After winning the first set by 6-2, Osaka opened a gap to 3-0 even in the second set, not giving She Suwei a chance to counterattack.

However, it is burdensome for Osaka to meet strong candidates for the championship in the quarterfinals, Hallef or Williams. The final quarter of the match against the women’s singles will be played by Ashley Barty (Australia, 1st place)-Carolina Mukhoba (Czech Republic, 27th place), Jennifer Brady (24th place)-Jessica Pegula (61th place, USA) in Osaka , Hallef, and Williams are evaluated to be a bit easier than this match.

Reporter Song Yong-jun

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