Naomi Osaka Is Out in Another Shock Defeat at the Australian Open

This year's Australian Open is proving more unpredictable than ever.

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1/21/2022 9:13:00 PM

This year's Australian Open is proving more unpredictable than ever.

The defending champion was beaten in the third round by the American Amanda Anisimova.

and Amanda Anisimova, which saw Osaka go home in a match that was as thrilling as it was nail-bitingly tense.It marked a stunning performance by the 20-year-old New Jersey native Anisimova, taking her to a career-high-ranking of world number 21. Reaching victory against the tournament’s defending champion in three sets, Anisimova defended two match points in the deciding set with impressive panache before a climactic first-to-10-points tie-break, won 10-5.

Amanda Anisimova reacts to her win.Photo: Getty Images“Going into this match I knew I had to be playing sharp,” said Anisimova. “Naomi is an absolute champion so I knew I had to really step up my game. I think I started doing that in the second set. I’m so grateful I was able to play so well today and get this win. It means a lot.”

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