Defending champion Osaka fizzles out of Australian Open




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Melbourne – Defending champion Naomi Osaka was knocked out the Australian Friday, falling 6-3 6-4 in a stunning upset by American teenage sensation Coco Gauff in the third round.

Osaka was the third former winner to bow out the draw after and Caroline Wozniacki, won the title in 2017 and 2018, lost respective at Melbourne Park earlier in the day.

Gauff, lost to Osaka easily 6-3 6-0 at the .S. last year, avoided a repeat defeat as a string backhand errors off the Japanese player’s racquet gave the 15-year-old the break midway through the opening .

The pattern repeated itself in the , as Osaka continued to misfire and Gauff served out the victory after just 67 minutes .

(Reuters/NAN)