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Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka storms into quarterfinals with win over Garbine Muguruza

Naomi Osaka was chasing the match from the start on Rod Laver Arena and looked defeat square in the face in the third set when the Spanish 14th seed had two opportunities to win the match with a break of serve.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Naomi Osaka the last four games to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 vs Garbiñe Muguruza
  • The result puts Osaka back in the quarterfinals of a tournament she won in 2019
  • Next up for Osaka is an all-Asian quarter-final against unorthodox 35-year-old Hsieh Su-wei

Naomi Osaka fought off two match points and came back to eliminate Garbiñe Muguruza in a big-hitting fourth-round matchup of Grand Slam champions at the Australian Open.

The third-seeded Osaka grabbed the last four games to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in Rod Laver Arena.

That result puts her back in the quarterfinals of a tournament she won in 2019 for one of her three major trophies.

Osaka was serving at 15-40 while trailing 5-3 in the final set. But Muguruza could not convert either of those match points and wouldn’t win another game.

“I’m tired right now, that was tough,” said Osaka, who mixed 40 winners with 36 unforced errors over the contest.

“Today I feel like I was intimidated, she is playing well. I had to go within myself, I couldn’t play short balls to her because she’d put them away.”

Next up for Osaka is an all-Asian quarter-final against unorthodox 35-year-old Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, who will be playing in the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time.

“I’m not looking forward to it, every time we have played it’s three sets,” Osaka added. “It’s fun when I’m not really angry. When I play her I just have to expect everything.”

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