Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff celebrates after beating defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka ©Getty Images

Defending women's champion Naomi Osaka was beaten in the third round of the Australian Open today by 15-year-old United States prodigy Coco Gauff, while 38-year-old legend Serena Williams also exited the tournament.

In the men's tournament Greece’s sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas went out and world number two Novak Djokovic of Serbia went on.

Third seed Osaka, who also won the 2018 US Open title, was beaten 6-3, 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

After taking just 67 minutes to defeat the 22-year-old Japanese champion, the unseeded Gauff - who defeated former champion and compatriot Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon last year - was understandably elated.

"I don't know where that came from," the American said. 

"Honestly, like, what is my life?"

"Two years ago I lost in the first round in juniors and now I'm here."

Osaka said: "I don't have the champion mentality yet - that is someone who can win when they are down.

"Sometimes I get overwhelmed and I don't know what to do in these situations.

"I have an age problem - I don't like losing to people younger than me.

"So I took this very personally."

Williams - beaten by Osaka in the final of the 2018 US Open as she tried to mark her comeback after giving birth - departed the competition she has won seven times. 

It brought an early conclusion to her quest for a 24th grand slam singles title that would have put her level in the all-time list with Australia's Margaret Court.

She was beaten 6-4 6-7 (2-7), 7-5 by Chinese 27th seed Wang Qiang.

Williams made 56 unforced errors to her opponent's 20, saying that was "far too many errors to be a professional athlete".

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, a former world number one, announced in December that she would be retiring after the tournament that had brought her a long-awaited grand slam title in 2018.

The 29-year-old Dane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.

After losing 5-7, 6-3, 5-7 to Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, Wozniacki said: "It has been a great ride.

"I think the main thing I've learned is no matter where you're from, no matter what colour of your skin, no matter if you're tall or short, big or small, it doesn't matter.

"If you have a dream and you go for it and work hard, anything is possible.

"I had a dream when I was a kid - I wanted to win a grand slam.

"I wanted to be number one in the world.

"People thought that I was crazy being from a small country - but I made it happen. 

"I worked so hard for it every single day."

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won the ATP Tour finals at the end of last year, was beaten 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) in his third-round match by Canada’s 32nd seed Milos Raonic.

However, Novak Djokovic progressed as expected, with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.

Spain's number nine seed Roberto Bautista Agut was beaten in five sets by the unseeded Croatian Marin Čilić, who won the 2014 US Open title.

Third round matches continue tomorrow.