Igwenwanyi Achebe, wife of Obi of Onitsha, presents the key to a brand new tricycle, also known as keke, to one of the lucky winners of the Globacom Ofala 2019 raffle draw, Mr. Mofunanya Onochie, on Saturday at the Onitsha Ime Obi, during the Azu […]
Naomi Osaka produced a supreme performance in her hunt for back-to-back Grand Slam titles as she reached the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time with a straight-sets victory over sixth seed Elina Svitolina.
The US Open champion won 6-4 6-1 to become the first Japanese woman to reach the last four in Melbourne since Kimiko Date in 1994.
The fourth seed will face either Serena Williams or Karolina Pliskova for a place in the final.
Meanwhile, for Svitolina it is another Grand Slam disappointment, with the 24-year-old – who won the season-ending WTA Finals in October – yet to reach the semi-finals of a major tournament.
Svitolina led the head to head 3-2 going into Wednesday’s quarter-final, having won both of their 2018 encounters in straight sets, but the pair looked evenly matched as they got under way on the Rod Laver Arena.
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.