2019 Australian Open champion and the 2020 US Open champion Naomi Osaka has survived two match points when serving at 3-5 against the 2020 Australian Open runner-up Garbine Muguruza.
In each set whoever broke first would lose the set. Osaka breaking in the second game of the first set.
Muguruza breaking in the first game of the second set and again Muguruza broke first in the third set taking the fifth game to lead 3-2.
In the first set Osaka had too many unforced errors with 14 to 6.
Osaka improved a bit in the second set with 11 unforced errors which she also had in the third set. The key was that after facing match points she did not hit another unforced error, over that same stretch Muguruza hit five.
When it mattered most with the Spaniard serving to stay in the match she just could not match Osaka. There was a forced error followed by three unforced errors as Osaka broke to love.
The 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win sees Osaka into the quarterfinals for the second time after winning the 2019 title.
“I feel like today I didn’t know what to expect because I’d never played her before, but I just knew it was going to be tough,” Osaka said.
“I feel like I was a bit intimidated because I knew that she was playing really well coming into this match. For me I feel like in the stressful points I just had to go within myself.
“I know today I probably hit a lot of unforced errors, but it was something I probably needed to do because I couldn’t really give her any short balls because she’d finish it.”
The no. 3 seed will face Su-Wei Hsieh who became the oldest female to reach a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal for the first time. Hsieh defeated Marketa Vondrousova (19) 6-4, 6-2.
Hsieh is the world no. 1 doubles player and is ranked at no. 71 in singles. It was her fourth round four match across her Grand Slam career. Hsieh had reached round four at the Australian Open in 2008 and 2018 as well as a round four appearance at the 2018 US Open.
Osaka leads the H2H 4-1.