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Australian Open: Defending Champion Naomi Osaka knocked out in third round

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Tennis Australian Open: Defending Champion Naomi Osaka knocked out in third round
JAN 21, 2022 LISTEN

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

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

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

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

Italian Giorgi is one of the fiercest hitters in the game but Barty used her nous to keep the 30th seed at arm’s length in a 6-2 6-3 victory.

Giorgi managed only eight winners, three fewer than her opponent, and committed 24 unforced errors in the 61-minute match.

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