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Naomi Osaka through to next round of Australian Open

Naomi Osaka through to next round of Australian Open

DEFENDING CHAMPION. Naomi Osaka says it is 'always special to come back' to the Australian Open.

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Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka fends off a gritty Camila Osorio to advance to the second round of her Australian Open title defense

MELBOURNE, Australia – Defending champion Naomi Osaka overcame an unexpectedly stiff challenge from Colombian Camila Osorio to reach the second round of the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-3, at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday, January 17.

The Japanese former world No. 1 looked all business as she raced to a 5-0 lead in the opening set but a first hold of serve invigorated Osorio, who then started chasing down everything Osaka threw at her.

Osaka needed to save two break points to hold serve for the first set and faced two more in the second stanza before overpowering the inexperienced world No. 50 with her aggressive shots from the baseline.

“It always feels special to come back here,” said the 13th seed, who will next face Dayana Yastremska or Madison Brengle as she seeks her third Melbourne Park title.

“I thought she played amazing. Overall I’m just happy to be here, I’m happy to see everybody in the audience and I hope we gave you a great performance.” –

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