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Defending champion Osaka knocked out of Australian Open

Defending champion Osaka knocked out of Australian Open

Defending champion Naomi Osaka was stunned on Friday by unseeded Amanda Anisimova in the

Australian Open, the American setting up a fourth-round clash with world number one Ashleigh Barty,

reports AFP. The Japanese four-time Grand Slam champion, seeded 13, won the first set on Margaret Court Arena but the nerveless Anisimova saved two match points in the third to pull off a huge 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10/5) upset. Her reward is a shot at a place in the quarter-finals against Barty, who crushed Italian 30th seed Camila Giorgi in straight sets. "I'm speechless, I can't stop smiling," said the 20-year-old, who is undefeated this year after winning a lead-up tournament in Melbourne. "I knew I had to be playing sharp if I wanted to give myself a chance. Naomi is always going to be playing well, she is an absolute

champion. Osaka wasted little time getting on top of world number 60 Anisimova, breaking her

immediately and then worked two break points on the American's second serve, but failed to convert.