Coco Gauff And Aryna Sabalenka Through To Quarter-Final In Melbourne

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Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff restored order at the Australian Open by easing into the quarter-finals. While World no. 1, Iga Swiatek’s shock loss to Linda Noskova on Saturday means no top-10 seeds made the fourth round in the top half of the draw., Sabalenka and Gauff are on a semi-final collision course in the bottom half.

Neither has yet dropped a set, and they lost only eight games between them in the fourth round; Sabalenka beating Amanda Anisimova 6-3 6-2 and Gauff racing to a 6-1 6-2 victory over Magdalena Frech. It was a particularly impressive win and performance from defending champion Sabalenka, who had lost four of her previous five matches against Anisimova.

The 22-year-old American has been resurgent here, having missed most of last season for mental health reasons, but could not match the precision power of her opponent. “I’m super happy with the level; happy to get this win,” said Sabalenka. “She’s a tough opponent and I’m super happy to see her back on tour. I’m pretty sure she’ll be back at the top soon. I really want to stay here as long as I can until the very last day, and hopefully we can get this one more time.”

In the last eight, Sabalenka will face ninth seed Barbora Krejcikova, who ended the impressive run of 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory. Gauff is breaking new ground having made it through to the last eight at Melbourne Park for the first time.

“I’m super happy to be in this position and be here,” said the 19-year-old. “I think I had three fourth rounds. It’s cool to get over that hump. Hopefully I can keep going for more.” Next she will take on Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk, who made the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time with a 6-2 6-1 victory over qualifier Maria Timofeeva.

 

 

 

 

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