Defending champion Osaka bows out at Australian Open

Naomi Osaka, defending Australian Open champion, bowed out in the third round Friday, losing to 60th-ranked Amanda Anisimova in three sets.



January 21, 2022 - 3:56 PM

Amanda Anisimova, right, of the United States shakes hands with Japan's Naomi Osaka after their women's singles match during the Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday. Photo by (William West/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Within an hour of her third-round loss at the Australian Open, defending champion Naomi Osaka had consigned it to the past.

It’s part of her new resolution for 2022. No dwelling on what’s already happened.

Osaka had two match points against 60th-ranked Amanda Anisimova in the third set Friday, and she missed two backhands.

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