Naomi Osaka claimed an impressive victory over Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open final and end the American’s latest quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Three-time Slam champion Osaka withstood early pressure from Williams to win 6-3 6-4.
The Japanese will face Jennifer Brady in Saturday’s final after the American beat Karolina Muchova.
Meanwhile…………Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame stern resistance from Aslan Karat-sev to reach the Australian Open final and end the Russian qualifier’s remarkable run.
Despite the world number 114 causing moments of tension, Djokovic had enough quality to win 6-3 6-4 6-2.