Naomi Osaka threw her racket in frustration before winning a 3-set Australian Open battle vs Garbiñe Muguruza

Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesNaomi Osaka saved multiple match points to grit out a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win and advance to the Australian Open quarterfinal.
  • Naomi Osaka came back to win her fourth-round Australian Open match against Garbiñe Muguruza.
  • While behind in the third set, the 23-year-old threw her racket to the floor in frustration.
  • Osaka saved multiple match points to take the 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win and advance to the quarterfinal.
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For a few moments, it looked as if Naomi Osaka would suffer her first loss in more than a year during her thrilling fourth-round match at the 2021 Australian Open. Instead, she extended her winning streak to 18 matches.

Naomi osakaBRANDON MALONE/AFP via Getty ImagesNaomi Osaka.

The three-time Grand Slam champion took down world No. 14 Garbiñe Muguruza in an impressive come-from-behind victory. The surging Spaniard pushed Osaka to three sets and had multiple match points in hand, but the 23-year-old came back from the brink in a gritty performance.

Still, the 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win didn’t come without its moments of frustration. Osaka suffered many unforced errors throughout the match. But when Muguruza broke Osaka’s serve at 2-2 in the final set, the Japanese superstar threw her racket to the floor in apparent frustration.

Though Osaka dropped three more games in the set, she regained her composure and fired off wins in the final four games to secure her spot in the quarterfinals.

Now, the 2019 tournament champion is set to face Hsieh Su-wei — who becomes the oldest first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist in the Open Era — in a battle for a spot in the semis. And though Hsieh has tons of momentum on her side, Osaka has a history of finding her way to the podium once she reaches the final eight players remaining in a Grand Slam.

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