Australian Open 2022: Naomi Osaka, defending champion, falls to Amanda Anisimova in third round

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Naomi Osaka’s title defense Down Under is over. The ruling Australian Open champ and No. 13 seed lost her 3rd round match versus unseeded Amanda Anisimova, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, on Friday early morning at Melbourne Park. Anisimova was ranked 60th on the planet getting in the Australian Open.

It marks the 2nd successive upset win for Anisimova, who beat No. 22 Belina Bencic in straight sets in the 2nd round. She had 46 winning points compared to simply 21 from Osaka. In addition, she had 8 return winners throughout the match on Friday.

“I knew I had to be playing sharp if I wanted to give myself a chance,” Anisimova stated following her upset triumph.

Osaka had a lot of possibilities to remove Anisimova, however simply could not money in. She had 2 chances to protect match points in the 3rd set and stopped working to do so.

After beating Osaka, Anisimova will now proceed to deal with the No. 1 seed in Ashleigh Barty, who beat Camila Giorgi in order to reach the quarterfinals.

Despite the loss, Osaka remained in excellent spirits after the match and happy with her efficiency. This was simply the 2nd competitive tennis competition she has actually completed in considering that she took a break to concentrate on her psychological health following in 2015’s U.S. Open. 

“Definitely I think I fought for every point and I can’t be sad about that,” Osaka stated. “I’m not God. I can’t win every match. So I just have to, like, take that into account and know that it would be nice to win the tournament, but that’s, like, really special.”

The two-time Australian Open champ included that she does intend on playing the complete 2022 Grand Slam schedule. Next up for her is the French Open, which occurs in May.

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