Osaka, Serena Williams set for action at Australian Open
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jan 22, 2019,
Jan 22, 2019, 0:48
She gave birth to a daughter in September 2017, then sat out last year's Australian Open. Svitolina needed treatment on her right shoulder from the trainer and a medical timeout in the second set and had to rally from 3-0 down in the third set before fending off Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a match lasting nearly three hours on Rod Laver Arena.
The 17th-seeded Keys has reached the semifinals or better at three of the last five Grand Slam tournaments.
"In order for me to stay out there, I had to play a little like I knew I could, " said Williams, who is seeded 16th on account of all the time she took away from tennis while becoming a mother. "For me, it was very fun".
Japan's Naomi Osaka has come from a set down to win through to the quarter-finals.
Raonic swept to 3-0 and 5-1 leads in the tiebreaker but Herbert rallied to level at 5-5. Meanwhile, fourth seed Alexander Zverev has his work cut out against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, with Croat Borna Coric or Frenchman Lucas Pouille awaiting the victor.
Japanese star Naomi Osaka, with a career-high Women's Tennis Association ranking of No. 4 in the world, which she achieved in October 2018, had the umpire warning her for spiking her racquet.
She held firm when it counted, however, breaking Sevastova in the seventh game of the decider before sealing the match with an imperious forehand down the line.
Fourth seed Osaka emerged from an error-strewn 1st set against crafty Latvian Anastasija Sevastova to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
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"Then after a while, I just started thinking that I'm in a Grand Slam".
Both Svitolina and Osaka have had to win their past two matches in three sets at Melbourne Park. The eight-time Australian Open champion Williams was playing top-ranked Simona Halep later Monday in the fourth round.
The 2016 U.S. Open runner-up and No. 7 seed eliminated 27th-seeded Camila Giorgi 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Serena Williams will continue her bid for an eighth Australian title and an Open-era record 24th Grand Slam singles title overall when she plays Dayana Yastremska later Saturday on Rod Laver Arena.