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Svitolina vs Osaka is the first quarterfinals for the ladies in Melbourne 

Svitolina vs Osaka is the first quarterfinals for the ladies in Melbourne


Elina Svitolina and Naomi Osaka are the first quarterfinalist in the Australian Open. The two will face each other in the semifinals of the semifinals, after winning hard sets in three sets against Madison Keys and Anastasia Sevastova, respectively. Svitolina won 6:2, 1:6, 6:1 over Keys in a match that went through several big turns. However, the Ukrainian woman showed healthy nerves at the key moments and deservedly goes on.

I am very happy to have handled the tension in the third set. It was difficult because the sun was shining in my eyes, but I still won. We both played well. Madison was almost sinless in the second set, so I had to increase my performance to have a chance, said happy Svitolina after the duel.

The first part passed under the total domination of the Ukrainian woman who lost only 7 points at her service. The sixth placed in the scheme made two breakthroughs and everything went fine for her, but Keys gradually began to find her punches and in the second set controlled the situation on the court. The American took five consecutive games and scored 16 winners to send the match into the third set.

The game that was over 16 minutes long proved crucial, in which Keyes missed a whole five points for a breakthrough. Immediately afterwards, she was drilled and the initiative passed to the side of Svitolina. By the end, the Ukrainian had no problems and was already facing a clash with Osaka.

The Japanese had a difficult task against Sevastova, but won with 4:6, 6:3, 6:4 thanks mainly to their powerful base line game. The No. 4 US Open champion again had to make a difference. She made many unforced errors and retreated in the first set, but then became more aggressive, and Sevastova often had no answer for her deep blows.

One break was enough for Osaka to win the second set, and in the third she quickly led by 2-0, but played a weak sixth game in which she allowed the break. The Japanese quickly mobilized and rebounded after which there was nothing to stop her on her way to the quarterfinals. Rod Laver Arina`s match lasted almost two hours, with Osaka leaving 7 aces, 51 winners and 43 unforced errors. After the fight, the Japanese said she was inspired by yesterday`s victory of Stefanos Tsitsipas against Roger Federer.

`I watched Tsitsipas and Francis Tiafo and thought they played really well . . . Just the fact that they came here and played against some of the best players and won, and I said, ` I also want to do`I think that`s everyone`s dream, ` Osaka said in a court interview after the meeting.

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