Australian Open: Fourth seed Osaka survives Hsieh scare to reach fourth round

Australian Open 2019 Naomi Osaka second successive match at Melbourne park

Australian Open 2019 Naomi Osaka second successive match at Melbourne park

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The world No.4 trailed a set and 4-1 before rallying to beat the crafty 28th seed 5-7 6-4 6-1 in the third round on Saturday.

Elina Svitolina recovered after dropping the second set to secure a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-2 1-6 6-1 victory over American Madison Keys on Monday.

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

Osaka, 21-year-old US Open champion, seeded fourth at Melbourne Park, won the all-Asian clash 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to set up a last 16 meeting with Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

But she looked headed for the exit when she conceded the first set and was down 4-1 in the second before she won five straight games to force a decider.

"But she was just playing so well, and I think I got overwhelmed".

Another win now and there's potential for Osaka to have a rematch of the U.S. Open final against Serena Williams.

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On the other hand, Tsitsipas will look to bring the best in him in his match against his idol. The Swiss master had won courtesy of two tiebreaks.

But Osaka knows there'll be no easy ride against Svitolina.

"I just didn't want to give up", said Osaka, who made 42 unforced errors and received a code violation after throwing her racquet in the match. I had my chance to play, to finish the match, and on 5-3. she played a very solid game.

She was broken three times in the first set and pounded her racket into the court in frustration during the sixth game after falling 0-40 behind.

Zverev got the inevitable warning for racket abuse, took a break at the end of the second set and returned from the locker room a much calmer, more composed player. "I love playing tennis and I love to play here and I love to be back out here". When Halep hit one shot that caught the net tape and barely trickled over for a victor, Williams looked pained and complained, "I mean, it's not fair".

She was made to work hard, but Osaka only dropped the singular game in that deciding set, overpowering Hsieh in the end. The victor of the Williams-Halep contest will meet seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Garbine Muguruzu 6-3, 6-1 in an hour. So definitely it makes me really happy.

The 37-year-old 23-time Grand Slam victor has a blockbuster last 16 evening clash against world No. 1 Simona Halep on Rod Laver Arena, while Novak Djokovic meets fast-rising Daniil Medvedev.

The 37-year-old Serena won her 23rd major Down Under two years ago and is the bookies' favourite to claim an eighth Australian title, despite being seeded 16th.

Pliskova, who is on a nine-match winning streak, plans to watch on TV: "For sure, it's going to be the match of the tournament so far".

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