Naomi Osaka and Lesya Tsurenko will play the semifinal of the Brisbane International on Saturday.
Naomi is already starting the new season strong. After conceding just 5 games to Destanee Aiava (6-3 6-2), the Japanese sensation had to work hard against the world no.11 Anastasija Sevastova before winning 3-6 6-0 6-4. Seeded no.2 and with Elina Svitolina already out (she was the seed no.1), Naomi seems to be the obvious favorite to win the competition.
Ranked no.27, Lesya has conceded sets in her previous 3 matches in Brisbane after beating Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-0 6-2, Kimberly Birrell 6-4 6-3, and Anett Kontaveit 7-5 6-3.
H2H Naomi Osaka vs. Lesya Tsurenko
Osaka leads 1-0 in terms of H2H. In fact, Naomi and Lesya have played each other only once, and that was last year in the US Open quarters when the Japanese conceded just 2 games after beating her opponent 6-1 6-1.