Tennis in Australia: Goffin reaches quarter-finals, Osaka suffers second-round exit

David Goffin (ATP 111) booked his place in the last eight of the Challenger event in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday. In Brisbane, the comeback of former world number one Naomi Osaka ended in the second round.

In Canberra, the 33-year-old Goffin, seeded sixth, defeated South African Lloyd Harris (ATP 140) in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) in his second-round match. The match lasted one hour and 22 minutes. In the quarter-finals, the Belgian number one will meet top-seeded German Dominik Köpfer (ATP 77). On Wednesday, Köpfer beat Italian qualifier Andrea Vavassori (ATP 157) in straight sets (6-4, 6-4).

Goffin opens his season in Canberra and is the only Belgian in the main draw. Alexander Blockx (ATP 350) lost in the first qualifying round on Sunday. In doubles, Goffin and Frenchman Alexandre Müller were eliminated in the first round on Tuesday.

Osaka's comeback

Former world number one Naomi Osaka had a tough day on Australian soil. She lost her second-round match at the WTA 500 tournament in Brisbane. It was a disappointing end to the 26-year-old's comeback, as she hadn't played a game since mid-September 2022.

Osaka defeated Germany's Tamara Korpatsch (WTA 83) in the first round on Monday, but Karolina Pliskova (WTA 39) proved too strong in the second round on Wednesday. The 16th-seeded Czech won in three sets (3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4) after a two-hour and fourteen minutes battle.

Also in Brisbane, world number two Aryna Sabalenka breezed past Italy's Lucia Bronzetti (WTA 52). The top seed from Belarus triumphed in straight sets (6-3, 6-0) after 59 minutes of play.



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