MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A smiling Naomi Osaka overpowered Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time and end the host nation’s involvement in the women’s draw at the Australian Open on Saturday.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Italy’s Fabio Fognini progressed to the round of 16 for the second time at the Australian Open with a 3-6 6-2 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over French journeyman Julien Benneteau on Saturday.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova’s hopes of a title-winning return to the Australian Open were unceremoniously crushed by Angelique Kerber as the battle of the former champions ended 6-1 6-3 in the German’s favor on Saturday.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Those who believe in nominative determinism might see little surprise in Tennys Sandgren’s brilliant run to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The player, himself, was tickled pink by his achievement after downing Germany’s Maximilian Marterer 5-7 6-3 7-5 7-6(5) on Saturday to be the last man standing of 13 Americans in the draw.

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