Amanda Anisimova saves two match points, ends Naomi Osaka’s title defense in Melbourne

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Amanda Anisimova saved two match points to knock out defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round of the 2022 Australian Open, 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10-5).

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The world No.60 Anisimova snapped a nine-match losing streak against Top 20 players as she recorded a memorable victory over Osaka, a two-time Australian Open champion who had won 24 of her past 25 matches in the city of Melbourne.

Amanda Anisimova Australian Open 2022

The 13th-seeded Osaka kicked off the match with a break and held on to it throughout the first set. In the second set, Anisimova was the first one to go up a break, in the fourth game, and she also kept that lead to claim the set.

The decider went with serve all the way to the tiebreak, although Osaka was close to victory as she held two match points on Anisimova’s serve at 5-4. As the match got into a tiebreak, Anisimova opened it with a 3-0 lead and never again faced a deficit.

Anisimova’s winning Nike style: the Nike Spring Court Tank and Nike Spring Court Skirt.

Another Grand Slam champion awaits Anisimova in the round of 16, as the American is scheduled to face world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, the Australian who has lost just eight games so far at the tournament. Both players have already won WTA titles this season: Anisimova won Melbourne Summer Set 2, Barty triumphed at the Adelaide International.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Nice to see Amanda back in top form as she was before her Dad and coach died. She is the #2 young player behind only Iga Swiatek.

  2. Maddie Keys wore the white tank and the burgundy skirt in her match against Wang Qiang. She did wear the all burgundy in her first round match. Perhaps she will will repeat the white tank/burgundy skirt or just go with all white in her match against Badosa so as not to be “twinning” with Paula. Finally, somebody is mix and matching! Good on you, Maddie.

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