Reigning US Open champ Osaka survives scare in Melbourne

Reigning US Open champ Osaka survives scare in Melbourne

The victor will advance to quarterfinal match against either U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka or No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova.

The victory left the bubbly 21-year-old with a last-eight clash against ambitious Ukrainian Svitolina, who battled past American Madison Keys 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.

Hsieh was one point away from a 5-2 lead in the second set, serving at 40-0, when Osaka turned her frustration into something positive and went on a roll to win five consecutive points.

Madison Keys will look to make her fifth quarterfinal in the last six Grand Slam events when she takes on World No. 6 Elina Svitolina in the fourth round of the 2019 Australian Open.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev was knocked out of the fourth round by Canadian Milos Raonic, who sealed a 6-1 6-1 7-6 (5) win in just under two hours.


This contrasts with the massively experienced Williams who has made the last eight or better 11 times on her way to seven Australian Open crowns.

Svitolina needed to dig deep to overcome 17th seeded Keys, a US Open finalist in 2017.

"I was happy I could handle the pressure at 1-1 in the third set", Svitolina said.

"US Open champion" by seeing off Anastasija Sevastova in three sets.

Sevastova, however, pushed back in an attempt to save a break point and even the score after a thrilling sixth game. The reward for the 27-year-old French Open champion is probably the toughest challenge in the women's draw at Melbourne Park, a fourth-round date with the younger Williams sister, Serena.


Osaka, who faces Latvian 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova next, said she found it hard to settle veteran world No. 27 Hsieh's dizzying mix of drop shots and slices.

Zhang was the more aggressive player all the time and Svitolina will have to find an extra gear if she wants to fight for the title, especially after three hours spent on the court during the day session.

"I was very happy I could win that game". "I was fighting to the last point and trying to stay out there as long as possible". I had my chance to play, to finish the match, and on 5-3. she played a very solid game.

After surviving Hsieh Su-wei in the previous round, Osaka found herself up against another tricky customer in Latvian Sevastova, who made the semi-finals in NY. "I think she's a good talent".

Osaka will hope to erase the Hsieh match from mind by then, having been hopelessly outpointed for the best part of two sets by a player whose unorthodox game regularly troubles the Tour's top names.


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