Naomi Osaka had a customer throughout her third-round match in opposition to Ons Jabeur on the 2021 Australian Open – a butterfly.
The butterfly stopped play for a quick second because it landed on Osaka’s leg, and the Japanese tennis star escorted it to security in a touching second, which drew applause from the gang.
Naomi Osaka is again within the fourth spherical of the Australian Open for the primary time since her title run in 2019.
Osaka overcame 28 unforced errors and saved six of seven break factors she confronted in a 6-Three, 6-2 win over 27th-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia on Friday.
“I used to be actually nervous and scared as a result of I did not know if she was going to hit a drop shot on any ball,” Osaka stated of taking part in Jabeur for the primary time.
Osaka was shocked final yr within the third spherical at Melbourne Park by then-15-year-old Coco Gauff. She has appeared stable to date this yr, dropping simply 13 video games in her first three matches.
Osaka and Serena Williams are the one two former Australian Open champions remaining within the draw after the losses by Sofia Kenin, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber.
She subsequent faces one other in-form participant, two-time main winner Garbiñe Muguruza, who has misplaced even fewer video games (10) en path to the fourth spherical.