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Osaka becomes a former Australian Open champion

AustraliaDefending champion Naomi Osaka missed two match-points, before losing against American opponent Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 on January 21.

Osaka did not show bravery at the crucial moment, and Anisimova played the best match of her career when she saved two match-points in the game 10 sets of three. At the time of being 4-5 behind, the 20-year-old player could not maintain the feeling of holding the serve, but was still mentally strong when he was close to failure. She equalized 5-5 after a tug-of-war game, then pulled her senior into the tie-break series.

Osaka started the season by reaching the semi-finals of the Melbourne Summer Set but was unable to progress deep at the Australian Open. Photo: WTA

Missing two match-points caused Osaka to lose her rhythm in the brainstorming series. The Japanese player lost the first serve, went 0-3 and could not equalize for the rest of the tie-break. A 5-10 defeat in this series caused the defending champion to stop early in the tournament she won twice in 2019 and 2021.

Anisimova showed high form from the beginning of the season. She won the Melbourne Summer Set warm-up, then defeated Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in the second round of the Australian Open. In 2019, Anisimova once reached 21st WTA thanks to reaching the semifinals of Roland Garros. The American tennis player’s next opponent in the fourth round of the Australian Open is number one seed Ashleigh Barty.

“I just enjoy my tennis,” Anisimova said after the match. “I knew she was very strong and was looking to put pressure on the returns. We played well, everyone deserved to win when the game entered the decisive tie-break set.”

Osaka did not play much in the second half of the 2021 season due to poor mental health. She dropped out of Wimbledon, lost early at the Tokyo Olympics and stopped in the third round of the US Open. The defeat at the hands of Anisimova caused Osaka to be deducted 1,760 points and likely to fall out of the top 80 in the world, although she is currently ranked 14th.

Seven of the top 15 seeds in women’s singles were eliminated. In addition to Osaka, the other seed to be eliminated was Elina Svitolina, with a loss at the hands of veteran Victoria Azarenka.

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Djokovic leaves Australia

AustraliaA few hours after the court’s ruling, world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic boarded a plane to Dubai.

Djokovic (second from left) arrived at Melbourne airport on the afternoon of January 16 to leave Australia. Photo: Reuters

Djokovic, dressed all in black, accompanied a group of assistants to the airport in Melbourne. The Serbian tennis player will fly Emirates to Dubai – where he lives before applying for entry to Australia.

This is the end of the noisy affair that has lasted for the past 10 days, starting when Djokovic had his visa canceled for the first time at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport on the night of January 5. In a hearing five days later, the Judge asked the Australian Government to return Djokovic’s visa because the Border Force did not follow the procedure. The world number one was then freed, spending three days training at the Rod Laver Arena.

However, on the afternoon of January 15, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his personal power to cancel Djokovic’s visa again. This afternoon, a court hearing was opened on the appeal of Djokovic. This time there are three judges. According to the final ruling, Chief Justice James Allsop announced that upholding Minister Hawke’s decision would mean Djokovic’s expulsion from Australia.

Djokovic’s lawyers asked for more time to appeal and consider next actions. However, Chief Justice Allsop, acting on behalf of the other two Justices, believes that any further request for the case is unnecessary.

Minutes after losing the lawsuit, Djokovic wrote on the page Instagram: “I am extremely disappointed with the Court’s decision that has just been issued, rejecting my application to review the decision to cancel my visa from the Immigration Minister. This means I cannot stay in Australia to compete. But , I respect the Court’s decision and will cooperate with the authorities regarding my departure from the country.”

It is not clear if the 34-year-old star will be banned from entering Australia for three years.

He has attended the Australian Open for 17 consecutive years, setting a record of winning all nine finals, including the last three. He currently holds the record of 20 Grand Slams with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Djokovic gives the first advantage before the hearing

AustraliaThe Federal Supreme Court of Australia has decided that the January 16 trial on Novak Djokovic’s visa will have three judges, instead of one.

At 6:55 pm on January 15, Melbourne time, Judge David O’Callaghan said Djokovic’s hearing will be attended by him, Judge Anthony Besanko and Chief Justice James Allsop. Judge O’Callaghan had previously presided over a hearing on the morning of January 15, in which the parties argued whether the case should be heard by one or three Judges. Djokovic’s lawyer wants three judges, while the Australian government believes that only one is needed.

Djokovic is the number one seed at the 2022 Australian Open, scheduled to play on Monday, January 17. Photo: The Age

According to Australian media, when the trial has three judges, the minister cannot appeal the final decision of the court. If he wins this hearing, Djokovic will be able to play at the Australian Open. But, newspaper The Age stressed that the Minister’s decision to use his personal power is rarely overturned in court. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked Djokovic’s visa for the second time on the afternoon of January 14, citing the Serbian tennis player’s presence at the Australian Open “threatening the safety and order of the community”.

Mr. Hawke gave evidence that is considered certain, when he emphasized that the owner of 9 Australian Open titles still attends community activities in Serbia despite being infected with Covid-19. “Mr. Djokovic is a man who has a great influence on the majority. His disregard for the law can destabilize Australian society, where groups of people exist in the name of freedom to infringe on public health. “, The Age disclosed part of a document Hawke’s attorney submitted to the court. According to this newspaper, Minister Hawke has not used another “weapon”, which is evidence that Djokovic perjured when he entered Melbourne on January 5.

Djokovic was taken to the original detention place, the Park Hotel on the afternoon of January 15. He stayed here for one night, before attending the hearing at 9:30 on January 16, Melbourne time. The trial will be streamed online, with pre-presentations by Djokovic’s defense attorneys.

According to former Australian Open CEO Paul McNamee, Djokovic was the victim of a “witch hunt”. He wrote in the newspaper Sydney Morning Herald: “Novak Djokovic is an easy target for the Australian Government because he has not been vaccinated and is a public figure. People used to worry that Novak was getting special treatment because he was the number one tennis player. But the reality is the opposite. It’s only because of ‘mass influence’ that he faces deportation.”

According to the newspaper Sports Club of Serbia, Tennis Australia not only approved medical exemption for Djokovic and two other players, but also special entry for coach Filip Serdarusic – Croatian coach and brother of tennis player Nino Serdarusic. Serdarusic said he boarded a flight chartered by Tennis Australia, and entered the country with the reason of having Covid-19 in October 2021.

“The Australian Border Force officer looked at the file and said I could be quarantined for 14 days because I hadn’t been vaccinated,” Serdarusic said. “But then she called the boss. The boss came over to see the documents, took pictures of them and said I could enter the country without quarantine. Half a month later Djokovic came and they called me at 10 pm to let me know. I returned the medical waiver. I decided to pack up and leave Australia because I’m not as good at fighting as Djokovic.”

Nhan Dat (follow News AU)