Osaka reaches first Australian Open quarter-final after hard-fought win over Sevastova

first_imgUS Open champion Naomi Osaka completed another comeback victory to overhaul 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova 4-6 6-3 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.The Japanese fourth seed, who had to fight back from a set down against Hsieh Su-Wei in her previous match, was far from her best as she struggled to hold serve and berated herself regularly during the sun-bathed clash at Rod Laver Arena.She held firm when it counted, however, breaking Sevastova in the seventh game of the decider before sealing the match after one hour and 47 minutes with an imperious forehand down the line.Osaka will play sixth seed Elina Svitolina for a place in the semi-finals.She’s done [email protected]_Osaka_ def. #Sevastova 4-6 6-3 6-4 to reach her first ever #AusOpen QF in only her fourth main draw appearance.#GameSetMatch pic.twitter.com/82a5w77WSo #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Kids [email protected]_Osaka, 21, says she’s been inspired by the winning performances of ‘kids’ like @StefTsitsipas (20) & @FTiafoe (21)#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/DjHPn8YY6c #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Svitolina overcomes stern challenge against Madison KeysSvitolina booked a spot in the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-2 1-6 6-1 win over American Madison Keys on Monday.The sixth-seeded Ukrainian, who won the 2018 WTA Finals in Singapore, breezed through the first set with two break of serve before Keys roared back in the second, taking a 5-0 lead before converting her second set point to level the match.Svitolina, 24, saved five break points during a marathon hold of serve in the decider before breaking 2017 U.S. Open finalist Keys twice and then converting her first match point to seal the contest in an hour and 36 minutes.advertisementAlso Read | Tsitsipas, the 20-year-old who beat Federer, comes from a family of sporting historyAlso Read | Simona Halep not intimidated by Serena Williams anymoreAlso Read | Sharapova-slayer Ashleigh Barty once played Big Bash Leaguelast_img read more