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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty prepare for the Australian Open showdown

MELBOURNE, Australia. In the first set, Naomi Osaka’s newfound love for the game meant Madison Brengle was not having fun at all in the second round of the Australian Open.

The defending champion conceded just four points in Wednesday’s first four games and beat the winners on the right, seemingly at will, when she took the score to 6-0 in just 20 minutes.

The second set began with Brengle celebrating the serve as if she had finished a long distance race, but gradually the strategy of the 54th-place American in the game brought Osaka to a stage where she finally realized a break point opportunity – after how she missed her first nine chances.

This prompted a change in former No. 1 ranked Osaka, who reacted by pulling away immediately and scoring the final nine points to complete a 6–0, 6–4 victory. She finished with 37 winners and 32 unforced errors.

Osaka will face Amanda Anisimova, a 20-year-old American who beat Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic 6-2, 7-5. The winner will most likely take on Ash Barty, who took first place in the fourth round.

Osaka won the Australian Open last year, her fourth Grand Slam title, but then withdrew from the French Open and missed Wimbledon as she took a break for her mental health. She was then ejected early at the US Open.

After a long break in the off-season, she is undefeated in five matches in Australia this year.

When asked how she evaluates her form, Osaka replied that she did not fit that way.

“Honestly, I try not to do that,” she said in a televised interview in court. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist. If I compare myself with the past, I will never be satisfied.

“The goal for me is just to have fun… (and) I think we’re getting there.”

Since the draw for the first major tournament of the year was made, much attention has been focused on a potential meeting between Osaka and Barty, the 2021 Wimbledon and 2019 French Open champions, who aims to be the first Australian since 1978 to win at home. championship.

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