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Osaka, a two-time Australian Open champion, made her Grand Slam comeback after 15 months but faced a tough challenge against Garcia.

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Competing against the experienced French 16th seed, Osaka struggled to regain her accuracy in clutch moments after taking time off for maternity leave.

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Garcia secured an early lead by converting a break point, and Osaka faced challenges in breaking back, eventually losing the set.

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The second set, decided in a tiebreaker, saw both players fiercely competing. Garcia's excellent serving and Osaka's pressure couldn't alter the outcome.

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Osaka expressed frustration at the competitive aspect but acknowledged her delusional mindset, stating her dreams to win tournaments.

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Garcia, praising Osaka's comeback, highlighted the impressive performance considering her 15-month hiatus and six months post-giving birth.

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This marks Osaka's earliest exit in eight Australian Open visits. Despite recent Grand Slam losses, she remains focused on training and future matches.

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Osaka joined past champions Kerber and Wozniacki as mothers returning to the Australian Open. Despite setbacks, she looks forward to pursuing her dreams.