Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina dig deep to avoid Australian Open upsets
Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina moved into the Australian Open fourth round, but had to battle very hard to do it.
Osaka was a set and a break down to Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei before battling back to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
“I just didn’t want to give up,” said the Japanese, who made 42 unforced errors and received a code violation after throwing her racket.
“I really love Grand Slams so I did anything I could do to stay here a bit longer.”
Svitolina, meanwhile, had to fight through neck and shoulder injuries as well as Zhang Shuai, but eventually came out on top 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
“It was very hot conditions and I was struggling a little, we left everything on court,” the Ukrainian said. “I told myself I’m gonna die or win.
“It was just immense, I had to stay very strong and we were fighting until the very last point.”
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