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Australian Open 2022: Wins for Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty; Maria Sakkari stunned

Defending champion Naomi Osaka’s title defense began smoothly enough as she moved past rising Colombian Camila Osorio 6-3, 6-3 in the first round on Rod Laver Arena.

Osaka, No.13 seed won the Australian Open in 2019 as well as last year, took 68 minutes to quash the challenge from 20-year-old Osorio, who is currently sitting at a career-high ranking of World No.50.

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After winning she said;

“I thought it was really amazing to play against [Osorio],” Osaka said, in her post-match press conference. “She was loud, she was fighting. I think that’s something special. I really commended her for that. I thought she had a great return. She was really bold. She kind of stepped in really close to the line.

“I think I was pretty solid. I think I was up 5-0 and had a little dip, but I was fortunate enough to close it out. I think that’s something that I hope I’m not in that position in my next match. If I am, I already did it this time around, so I guess I’ll learn from it.”

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“I think I was pretty solid. I think I was up 5-0 and had a little dip, but I was fortunate enough to close it out. I think that’s something that I hope I’m not in that position in my next match. If I am, I already did it this time around, so I guess I’ll learn from it.”

Barty Advances to second round

Aussies Ash Barty didn’t waste much time in moving to the second round of the Australian Open 2022.

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Top ranked Barty defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-0, 6-1 in the first night match on Rod Laver Arena. The 25-year-old won the first 11 games but eventually needed 5 match points before making it in 54 minutes.

She is trying to become the first Australian woman since Chris O’Neill in 1978 to win the Australian Open.

Sakkari stuns Maria in opener

Maria Sakkari was the first Top 10 player to move into the second round of the 2022 Australian Open, as the Greek defeated Tatjana Maria of Germany 6-4, 7-6(2) in the first match of the event on Rod Laver Arena.

No. 5 seed Sakkari took an hour and 46 minutes to defeat former Top 50 player Maria, who played the Australian Open on a protected ranking of No.100.

Sakkari will play surging Chinese qualifier Zheng Qinwen in the second round. 19-year-old Zheng, who made her first WTA semifinal two weeks ago at Melbourne Summer Set 1, outlasted Melbourne Summer Set 2 runner-up Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(5) in the first third-set super-tiebreak of the tournament.

Svitolina, Bencic, Anisimova and Giorgi among other early winners

No.15 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine also advanced into the second round, besting Fiona Ferro of France, 6-1, 7-6(4) in an hour and 32 minutes whiles reigning Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic also won her opening-round clash on Monday.

In a battle between former Top 10 players, No.22 seed Bencic of Switzerland defeated France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and a half.

Also, last year’s WTA 1000 champion in Canada, No.30 seed Camila Giorgi of Italy, dismissed Anastasia Potapova of Russia 6-4, 6-0. Giorgi won the final eight games in a row.

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