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Osaka beaten on Grand Slam comeback as Gauff storms through in Melbourne


Naomi Osaka was beaten in straight sets by Caroline Garcia in her first Grand Slam appearance since 2022 at the Australian Open.

Osaka missed last season as she gave birth to her daughter Shai in July and returned to tennis at the start of this year.

However, she could not make the dream return to Grand Slam action as 16th seed Garcia defeated the four-time major winner 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

"I have a lot of respect for Naomi as a person and player. We all know she's had an amazing career and she's been through a lot," said Garcia, who added she felt unlucky to draw Osaka in the first round.

"I'm glad to see her back and I hope she can enjoy her tennis now and have fun out there. She's done so much for tennis and to play six months after giving birth, she's playing quite amazing already so we have to watch out!"

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