2019 Australian Open: Stunner Down Under, as Coco Gauff upsets Osaka


Posted at Jan 24 2020 05:40 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2020 07:58 PM

Coco Gauff makes a backhand return to Naomi Osaka during their third round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday. Lee Jin-man, AP

MELBOURNE—Defending champion Naomi Osaka was knocked out of the Australian Open on Friday, falling 6-3, 6-4 in a stunning upset by American teenage sensation Coco Gauff in the third round.

Osaka was the third former Open winner to bow out of the draw after Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, who won the title in 2017 and 2018, lost their respective matches at Melbourne Park earlier in the day.

Gauff, who lost to Osaka easily 6-3, 6-0 at the U.S. Open last year, avoided a repeat defeat as a string of backhand errors off the Japanese player's racket gave the 15-year-old the break midway through the opening set.

The pattern repeated itself in the second set, as Osaka continued to misfire and Gauff served out the victory after just 67 minutes on court. (Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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