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Osaka knocked out of Australian Open, Barty demolishes Giorgi

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts after losing a point in her third round singles match against Amanda Anisimova of United States during day five of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Defending champion Naomi Osaka was stunned Friday by unseeded American Amanda Anisimova in the Australian Open third round.

The Japanese superstar won the first set on Margaret Court Arena but failed to close out the match with Anisimova winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10/5).


Anisimova set up a fourth-round clash with world No 1 Ashleigh Barty.

Top seed Ashleigh Barty kept her unblemished record this year intact with a straight-sets demolition on Friday of Camila Giorgi to inch closer to a maiden Australian Open title.

Ash Barty is waving hello the second week of the #AusOpen after defeating Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3

The world No 1 is now 7-0 for the season after winning the Adelaide International and has yet to drop a set, easing past the Italian 30th seed 6-2, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.

She will face either defending champion Naomi Osaka or young American Amanda Anisimova in a blockbuster fourth-round clash.

“It was a pretty good performance,” said the Australian Barty, 25, describing it as “clean”.

“The way she hits the ball and covers the court, it was my job to get her off the baseline … I am able to use my slice effectively.”

Barty surrendered just three games in total to race through the first two rounds against qualifiers, spending less than two hours on court, and came into the Giorgi showdown with plenty in the tank.

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Amanda Anisimova knocked out defending champion Naomi Osaka 4-6 6-3 7-6[5] to advance to the fourth round of the #AO2022.

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On paper, the aggressive 30-year-old was a more serious threat, but not for the world No 1 and reigning Wimbledon champion.

Barty went 2-0 ahead with Giorgi double-faulting on break point and while the Italian earned four break points at 2-4, the Australian saved them all then broke again to take the first set in 32 minutes.

An invincible Barty has not lost a service game for six straight matches.

More costly errors from Giorgi ensured the Australian got the crucial break in game six of the second set before closing out the match in 61 minutes for a routine win.

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