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Inspired by young guns, Osaka marches on in Melbourne

Inspired by young guns, Osaka marches on in Melbourne

"I thought they were playing really well and just the fact that they came out here and played against some of the top players and won and I also want top players and won and I also want to do that". The victory helped him become the first player from Greece to reach the quarter-finals at a major.

Having beaten Serena Williams in straight sets during the U.S. Open final, there was nothing particularly shocking about Osaka reaching the quarter-finals in Melbourne where she will meet sixth seed Elina Svitolina.

Japan's Naomi Osaka has come from a set down to win through to the quarter-finals.

Svitolina performs at the Australian Open for the seventh time.

The 37-year-old 23-time Grand Slam victor has a blockbuster last-16 evening clash against world number one Simona Halep on Rod Laver Arena, while Novak Djokovic meets fast-rising Daniil Medvedev. "I was thinking I've been in this position before, and I was watching all these kids winning - seeing Tsitsipas beat Federer - so I decided I wanted to do well too".

"For me, it's a very humbling experience to go back, because you see so many people that don't have much, and then you go back to your house and everything that you take for granted you start appreciating it more", she said.

"It was very hard because the sun was burning my eyes when I was tossing the ball".

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The 2018 US Open champion, targeting back-to-back Grand Slam victories, now trails Svitolina 3-2 in their head to head, having lost both hard-court encounters against the Ukrainian in straight sets previous year in Dubai and Miami.

The 21-year-old regained her composure in the second set, though, and broke her opponent while going up 5-2. "So, yeah, it is a little bit natural, but unnatural at the same time", she added. "I think that's everyone's dream".

The victor will play seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, who won the Brisbane International warm-up, or two-time major victor Garbine Muguruza.

"In the second and third set, I calmed down and I tried to think that I should play within my boundaries".

Whoever goes through will have a quarter-final against Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori or Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta.

He will face Croat Borna Coric or Frenchman Lucas Pouille next.

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