Svitolina loses to Osaka at Australian Open

Svitolina loses to Osaka at Australian Open

Ukraine's top seeded tennis player Elina Svitolina has pulled out of the season's first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, which is taking place in Melbourne ($44.5 million in prize money).

No.6 seed Svitolina lost to No.4 seed Naomi Osaka from Japan 4-6, 1-6, Ukrinform reports.

The match lasted one hour and ten minutes.

Osaka will compete for a place in the final with the winner of a tie between American Serena Williams and Czech Karolina Pliskova. Another semifinal opponents are Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and Danielle Rose Collins from the United States.

Svitolina lost a second straight quarterfinal in Melbourne.

The Australian Open will last until January 27.

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