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Australian Open: Serena Williams relentlessly marches on as Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina survive scares
Serena Williams, seeded 16, has dropped just nine games in her three matches so far and with face either sister Venus or world number one Simona Halep for a berth in the quarter-finals.
Osaka's win equals her best performance at the Australian Open, where she reached the last 16 in 2018 but lost to world number one Simona Halep.
Osaka went into the match as firm favourite but looked flat from the outset as Tsurenko raced through the match in just 65 minutes.
Osaka kicked the air at one point and dropped her racket to the court after missing another, before visibly questioning how she could be getting it so wrong...
Here's a quick recap of the major events in Women's Tennis this past year.
Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co.'s 80,000 yen (USD 700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out at stores in Japan, thanks to the exposure it got on her wrist at the US Open.
Kiki Bertens is set to next take on either Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Saturday.
Romania's Simona Halep tops the table ahead of second-placed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark with Germany's Angelique Kerber holding onto third place.
The Japanese star required treatment to her lower back during her semi-final defeat to unseeded Anastasija Sevastova at the China Open.
With the victory, Osaka has become the first Japanese tennis player to reach the semi-final of the China Open since its inception in 2004.
Even as the match threatened to slip away in the second set, Osaka gathered herself and found the resolve to pull through over three nail-biting sets.
The Japanese will face home hope Zhang Shuai in the last eight in the Chinese capital after Zhang pulled off a shock in defeating three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber.
This is Osaka's second tournament since she defeated Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Sept. 8. In the first last week, she got to the Pan Pacific Open final in Tokyo.
Told that she had been branded "Queen of Cool" by an Australian tennis magazine, the 20-year-old looked startled.
Serena Williams's high-profile meltdown made headlines over Naomi Osaka's feat in becoming the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam.