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Naomi Osaka Overcomes Anastasija Sevastova To Reach Australian Open Quarters

Tanuja Saikhom | 7 months ago

Naomi Osaka continued to keep her Grand Slam winning streak as she defeated Anastasija Sevastova to earn a spot in the quarter-final of the Australian Open. The No 4 seed secured a 4-6 6-3 6-4 tough win against the Latvian at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

US Open champion Osaka came back from one set down to win her 11th consecutive Grand Slam match in a dramatic three-set thriller. After a disappointing first set, she saved a break point in the second to maintain a 5-2 lead in the second week match.

The 21-year-old Japanese extended the game to the third set to finish the match with 51 winners and 43 unforced errors in one hour and 47 minutes. Sevastova, who was playing her third Grand Slam quarter-final, gave away her serve despite the good start.

The win at Melbourne Park made Osaka the second woman of the past 15 maiden slam victors to reach the quarterfinals at her subsequent. If she beat Elina Svitolina in the next match, she would become the first woman since Kim Clijsters at Australian Open 2006 to progress beyond the quarterfinals in that subsequent slam.

Osaka will face the No 6 seed Ukrainian who outplayed American Madison Keys 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 earlier in the day.