Naomi Osaka is into her second Australian Open final with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams on Rod Laver Arena.
Serena could not find her natural game despite an initially confident start and Osaka responded with plenty of big hitting to blast her more experienced opponent off the court.
The Japanese player will face either Karolina Muchova or Jennifer Brady in the final as she bids to win her second Australian Open title - having won it in 2019 - and her fourth Grand Slam.
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For Serena, her wait for her 24th Grand Slam to tie Australian Margaret Court's record goes on, and she later left her press conference in tears saying: "I'm done".

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After a bright start from Serena where a visibly nervous Osaka was broken in the opening game, the number three seed got into her signature big-hitting rhythm.
With Serena’s mistiming her forehands, Osaka fought back from 2-0 down to win five games in a row - then another after one Serena service game to take it in 38 minutes.

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Into the second set and it was Osaka who would break in the opening game with a devastating backhand that encapsulated her ability to force Serena into a runaround.
Serena was growing visibly frustrated at this point and tried to use the energy of the crowd to fire her up.
Williams improved at soaking up Osaka's power, but the 23-year-old's forehand was still proving too strong for the 39-year-old playing in her 40th Grand Slam semi-final.
At 4-3 down in the second, Serena broke back with Osaka double faulting after recovering two break points.
But in the very next game a Serena double fault gave Osaka three break points. Osaka clinched it with a glorious backhand which she viciously whipped over the net before serving out the match.

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Osaka: I hope my final opponent gets nervous!

“I hit a lot of unforced errors in the first few games," she said post-match.
"I was really nervous and scared in the beginning and then I eased my way into it. For me the biggest thing is to just have fun and it is the first day having a crowd in a while.
“Honestly for me it is just an honour to play her and I didn’t want to go out really bad so I just tried my best.
“I was a little kid watching her play and just to be on the court against her for me is a dream. The biggest thing I’ve learnt over the last few years is just be competitive but you are playing against another competitor. That in itself is the funnest part because tennis is a game.
“It depends if [having experience playing in grand slam finals] you are really hard-headed or not. I feel like everyone is really excited when they play they’re first final but they’re also really nervous.

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“I don’t want to wish nerves on someone but hopefully one of them [the winner of Brady vs Muchova] gets nervous!
For the past three weeks I’ve been eating Japanese food on the day before my matches and yesterday I decided to eat Greek food so then I went to sleep. And I woke up and Tsitsipas beat Nadal so I thought ‘maybe this is a sign!'
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