Osaka edges Pliskova to set up Aussie Open final with Kvitova

Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning the match against Karolina Pliskova at the Australian Open. (Reuters pic)

MELBOURNE: Fourth seed Naomi Osaka outgunned seventh seed Karolina Pliskova Thursday to set up an Australian Open final against Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova.

The 21-year-old Japanese star won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to reach a second straight Grand Slam decider after her breakthrough triumph at last year’s US Open.