Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australian Open 2020: The major happenings on Day 3

Australian Open 2020: The major happenings on Day 3

Whether his court-side presence will help guide the world No. 4 to back-to-back titles in Melbourne remains to be seen, but it's doing the trick so far as Osaka advanced to the third round on Wednesday, defeating China's Saisai Zheng 6-2 6-4.

The 15-year-old secured her spot in the third-round of the first Grand Slam of the year by beating Romania's Sorana Cîrstea with the score of 4-6, 6-3 and 7-5 in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The aggression Gauff wants to show against Osaka was on full display in her first-round win over Venus Williams, who she beat at Wimbledon to became the youngest player in 28 years to win a main-draw match after coming through qualifying.

After the match, Osaka said that she just wanted to win.

The Australian had given her compatriots a scare by losing her first set of the tournament on Monday but there were no such nerves on the main showcourt on day three of the championships as Barty raced through the first set in 24 minutes.

Barty looked in ominous form in her quest for a second Grand Slam title as she powered past unseeded Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 6-4. It was an impressive performance by Coco Gauff as she won close to 90% of her service games and 3 return games. Osaka has been in supreme form and she has all the momentum having triumphed over Gauff last season.

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She backed that up with a third-round showing in NY and would likely break into the top 50 with an upset win over Osaka.

After dropping serve, Osaka dropped her racquet and kicked it before storming through to the next round.

"I think I'll be less nervous this time", Gauff told reporters.

Osaka's first attempt at a Grand Slam title defense ended in the fourth round a year ago at the U.S. Open, where she lost to Belinda Bencic, an opponent who had beaten her twice previously in 2019.

American teenage sensation Cori "Coco" Gauff has fought back from the brink to advance to the third round of the Australian Open and set-up a showdown with Naomi Osaka.

Osaka predicted that Zheng's slice would frustrate her during the match and she was not wrong, with a combination of the windy conditions and Zheng's spin shots throwing her off balance at several turns. She captioned it: "me and my mom lol". The pressure's going to be on Naomi, she's going to be the one with the stress. Serena made some controversial remarks towards umpire after she got penalized for a coaching violation and unsportsmanlike conduct on the court. "Because then you're gonna lose, and I don't wanna lose". "Being in the third round of a Grand Slam (means) the tournament's not ending", she said. "I don't talk to people; I just stare at them from a distance".

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