Naomi Osaka reaches quarterfinals of Australian Open warm-up event

Ashleigh Barty Naomi Osaka Make Winning Start In Melbourne

World number one Barty also had a fright in her match against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic, but recovered from a second-set stutter to win 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

Barty, hoping to break her country's 43-year singles title drought at the Australian Open starting next week, will face Shelby Rogers of the United States next. It was my first match.

Naomi Osaka plays a shot in her 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win against Britain's Katie Boulter in the third round of the Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne on February 3, 2021.

It was an impressive performance from Osaka, who had few problems against Cornet in her first encounter with the French veteran.

Osaka and Barty, however, were pushed to the brink, but both avoided early exits at Melbourne Park.

Osaka next faces Briton Katie Boulter, who battled back to knock out American teenager Coco Gauff 3-6 7-5 6-2.

At the Yara Valley Open, Kenin advanced when Camila Giorgi retired after dropping the first set 7-5.

Sofia Kenin will play Garbine Muguruza in the last eight in a rematch of last year's Australian Open final.

He opted not to travel for the USA or French Opens, but said at the weekend he was mentally refreshed and excited to be back. "I like to play long matches. and I played a short match yesterday so maybe I made myself play a long match today".

The Australian took time to get his groove back against 209th-ranked Frenchman Alexandre Muller, losing the first set, then needing left knee treatment before knuckling down to win 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) in the Murray River Open.

"I was just excited to come out here, any opponent for me was going to be tricky, I just wanted to find my feet".

"I was happy the way I was able to change things in the second set".

Australian Open organizers have delayed the start of the Grand Slam tournament by three weeks because of safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It will be the first time Federer has missed the season-opening Grand Slam in Melbourne.

Serena Williams continued her good form with a 6-1 6-4 win over Tsvetana Pironkova.

French Open champion Iga Swiatek crashed out of the tournament with a 6-4 6-2 loss to Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, while British fifth seed Johanna Konta was edged 4-6 6-7 (10) 6-7 (4) by Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in a Court Seven marathon.



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