Naomi Osaka survives massive Open scare

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In night matches later Monday, Serena Williams will continue her bid for an eighth Australian and Open-era record 24th singles major when she takes on No. 1-ranked Simona Halep, and six-time men's victor Novak Djokovic is against Daniil Medvedev.

Serena brushed aside Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 while the Romanian top seed defeated Venus 6-2, 6-3 in one hour 17 minutes in her best performance so far at this year's tournament after the French Open champion struggled in the early rounds.

Alexander Zverev self-destructed Monday, January 21, to slump out of the Australian Open while Japanese US Open champion Naomi Osaka grounded her way into a quarterfinal with Elina Svitolina. Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic were other big names to advance to the last 16.

Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina had her share of trouble, too.

Fourth seed Osaka emerged from an error-strewn 1st set against crafty Latvian Anastasija Sevastova to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Osaka dropped a set for the first time at this year's tournament after conceding three service breaks in the first set at Margaret Court Arena. "I think she's a good talent".

"It was a really intense match, and it was some incredible points", said Williams, who improved to 9-1 against Halep and now meets 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals.

Serena relentlessly marches on as Osaka, Svitolina survive scares

"For me, it was a moment like I walked into the match knowing that she was going to do a lot of odd things, no offense", Osaka said, smiling.

"Not that I'm, like, ragging on Sascha, but it's a bit more.it feels like I should listen to her more, in a way, because - oh, I'm going to get so much hate - you know, because I have seen what she did, and she's also played", Osaka said.

That was until the fourth seed, who was uncharacteristically frustrated and error-riddled in the first set, reeled off five successive games to force a decider and she never looked back.

Japan's first-ever Grand Slam champion hit 41 winners, including eight aces and collected 42 unforced errors, almost half of those in the first set.

"I wasn't really sure what to do at a point". "It was very hard because the sun was just burning my eyes when I was tossing the ball". And I know that I can challenge good players and I can win. "For me to get broken easily right after, I think I lost all the momentum that I had in the second set". From that moment I started to check all the possible stats and the stories behind the tennis players. Sevastova beat No. 21 Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3.

Because this was a night match, her 16½-month-old daughter, Olympia, couldn't stay up to watch, Williams said, adding: "But we're going to have a fun morning tomorrow" watching films.

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