Australian Open: Naomi Osaka eliminated while Ashleigh Barty continues | tennis news

Last updated: 21/01/22 10:51 am


Defending champion Naomi Osaka is out of the Australian Open after a third-round defeat by American Amanda Anisimova

Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open defense came to an end at the hands of Amanda Anisimova, with the American fending off two match points to take the lead.

Anisimova rallied from a set-down and saved two match points in the deciding set to knock out defending champion Osaka 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10-5) at Margaret Court Arena.

It was the first meeting between four-time Grand Slam winner Osaka and Anisimova, who will then face Australian No. 1 Ashleigh Barty for a place in the quarter-finals.

Barty continued her smooth progress through the draw with a third round win over Camila Giorgi.

Italy’s Giorgi is one of the fiercest hitters in the game, but Barty used her nous to hold off the 30th seed in a 6-2 6-3 win.

Giorgi managed just eight winners, three less than her opponent, and made 24 unforced errors in the 61-minute game.

Spain’s Paula Badosa defended a comeback from Marta Kostyuk in a compelling base fight to reach the fourth round for the first time with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 win.

The eighth seed, riding on the momentum of a title win in Sydney last week, will face the mighty American next Madison Keys for a place in her second Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Keys, a former Melbourne Park semi-finalist, came out of a set-down to claim a 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10-2) win over China’s Wang Qiang.

Leo, how did mommy play today?  Leo Azarenka: Great!

Leo, how did mommy play today? Leo Azarenka: Great!

Victoria Azarenka dismantled 15th seed Elina Svitolina 6-0 6-2 to charge through, showing glimpses of the form that earned her back-to-back Melbourne Park titles, but the 32-year-old said she won’t get carried away .

“If you look in the past, which I don’t like to do, your memory is a bit distorted. Maybe you want to remember something, you want to forget the other,” said the former world No. 1, who spoke to the press with her son Leo on his lap.

“I try to take it day by day. That mentality, to stay in the present, to keep doing what I can in the moment, that has helped me more than comparing.

“That’s really what I’m trying to say – I want to climb that ladder step by step. I think the danger is trying to skip a few steps. That’s something I’m actually learning not to do. That was helpful. “

a determined Barbara Krejcikova fought back from a set and a breakdown to defeat Jelena Ostapenko 2-6 6-4 6-4 in a fight between former French Open champions at the Rod Laver Arena.

Last year’s quarterfinalist Jessica Pegula shook off a shaky start, beating Nuria Parrizas Diaz 7-6 (7-3) 6-2, where the American will meet the fifth seed Maria Sakkari, who defeated an ailing Veronika Kudermetova 6-4 6-1.

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