Published: Tue, January 22, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Taiwan's Hsieh outlasted by Japan's Osaka at Australian Open

Taiwan's Hsieh outlasted by Japan's Osaka at Australian Open

Osaka said she'd have to regroup quickly for her fourth-round match against No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova, who she beat in three sets in the Brisbane International quarterfinals in the first week of the season.

MELBOURNE, Jan 21 ― Elina Svitolina booked a spot in the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-2 1-6 6-1 win over American Madison Keys today.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza said she narrowly avoided turning into a zombie before reaching the Australian Open last 16 after playing her previous match in the middle of the night.

Both Svitolina and Osaka are ranked amongst in the top 10 meaning we should be able to witness an exceptional tennis match.

Two days after playing a grueling five-setter that lasted almost four hours, world No. 9 Nishikori wrapped up the match against Sousa in 2 hours, 6 minutes.

Since winning the WTA Finals at the end of 2018, Svitolina has been playing with great confidence which has been a huge reason for her success at this tournament.

"I walked into the match knowing that she was going to do a lot of odd things, no offense", Osaka said.

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. I think I'm in the quarter-final because I have been solid in all the matches. She broke Sevastova early in the final set to go 2-0 up, however the Latvian broke back after seven deuces.

Japan's first-ever Grand Slam champion hit 41 winners, including eight aces and collected 42 unforced errors, almost half of those in the first set. "I can never really tell where she's going to put the ball", Osaka said. Hsieh finally began to tire and the younger player was in control as she closed out the match. It's hard, obviously, to play well for however many matches it takes to win a Grand Slam. "You guys didn't see me slam my racket, that's not something that I did!"

"In order for me to stay out there, I had to play a little like I knew I could, " said Williams, who is seeded 16th on account of all the time she took away from tennis while becoming a mother.

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.

She's lost eight of her past nine matches against Serena.

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