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Osaka, Barty reach Melbourne quarters

World number three Naomi Osaka and top-ranked Ashleigh Barty were pushed to the brink Wednesday, but both survived early exits at Melbourne Park, as Simona Halep cruised. Japan’s Osaka was made to work hard against in-form Katie Boulter but fought back for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory to reach the quarter-finals in the Gippsland Trophy.


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