Australian Open has most U.S. men in quarterfinals of a Slam since 2005 Alix Klineman, beach volleyball gold medalist, is pregnant, may make 2024 Olympic run Ester Ledecka to miss Alpine skiing world championships


MELBOURNE, Australia. Next stop at Ben SheltonThe first trip outside the US will be a place in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

The 20-year-old NCAA champion from the University of Florida extended his stay in his Melbourne Park debut by going 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4). , 6-2 victory over Jay Jay Wolf in an All-American game at John Cain Arena on Monday.

Shelton is only competing in his second Grand Slam – and using his passport for the first time – and he considers himself “energetic” and “brave” for over 3.5 hours as he and Wolf traded big cuts and momentum. shifts on a day when the temperature rose above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius).

Now Shelton, ranked 89th, is facing another unseeded American ranked 35th. Tommy Paulwho knocked out seed number 24 Roberto Bautista Agut Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 on Monday.


They join Sebastian Korda – his father won the 1998 Australian Open – for the first time since 2000 in the quarter-finals in Melbourne, the United States gave three men. Then this trio was Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Chris Woodruff.

The United States last hosted two men’s Grand Slam quarter-finals at the 2011 US Open. The last time there were three was at the 2005 US Open.

Shelton, Paul and Korda made it to the final eight at a major for the first time. Not the case, of course, for Novak DjokovicA 21-time Grand Slam champion who looked invincible during 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 wins over seed 22. Alex de Minaur Australia and stated that his troubling left hamstring was no longer a problem.

“I didn’t feel anything today,” Djokovic said, noting that he was taking “a lot” of anti-inflammatory pills.

Djokovic, who was unable to play at last year’s Australian Open because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, came one step closer to a record 10th championship in Melbourne, never reaching a break point and earning half a dozen points. Service games de Minor.

Djokovic prepares for the match with seed number 5 Andrey Rublev. The Russian came back, came back, came back – from a 5-2 loss in the fifth set, from meeting a pair of match points 6-5 behind, from a 5-0 and 7-2 deficit in the first. The final tie-break – to 10 – before finally removing No. 9 Holger Run 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9) at Rod Laver Arena.

Rublev won when his backhand slid off the power cord and barely got over to the out-of-reach side of Rune. Rublev got down on his back at the starting line and raised both hands as if to say, “Sorry!” — or perhaps “Sorry. I’m not sorry!” and Rune also threw away his racket.

“I have no words, dude. I’m shaking,” said Rublev, who is 6-0 in his career in Grand Slam quarter-finals. “That ball was exactly on my side and I don’t know how (it) turned over.”

In the women’s draw on Monday passed Magda Lynette – first time in the quarter-finals of the Slam tournament at the age of 31 and in his 30th match at the major – Karolina Pliskova, Arina Sobolenko and Donna Vekic.

Left-hander Shelton is equipped with a powerful serve that is currently the fastest in the tournament at 142 mph during his first round win, defensive instinct and a competitive streak. Against Wolf, who played college tennis at Ohio State and also played in the main draw for the first time in Melbourne, Shelton only faced two break points and saved them both.

A little quiet at times early in the game under the sun, Shelton became more and more loud and animated as the shadows crept across the blue playing field and the score line increased in intensity.

He threw uppercuts and yelled, “Come on!” or “Let’s go!” scoring, and as the close contest drew to a close, Shelton stuck out his tongue and flexed his arms.

“Definitely a grueling matchup,” said Shelton, whose father, Brian, reached a career-best 55 in the professional rankings and now coaches the Florida men’s team.

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beach volleyball olympic champion Alix Klineman announced she was pregnant by sharing sonograms on social media on Monday.

Klineman, 33, former NHL player. Teddy PurcellAccording to the report, the 37-year-old woman gave birth to a boy.

Klineman won the Olympic title in Tokyo with April Ross in her first Games and four years after taking up the sport full-time after an indoor career.

Klineman’s last tournament took place in October 2021, after which she underwent shoulder surgery in January 2022. based on

“Now my priority is to have a healthy pregnancy and do my best to have a healthy baby, but if everything works out perfectly and magically, maybe I will have a last second chance to compete in the Olympics,” she said. according to the report. “I still hope for it, but at the same time I feel uncomfortable saying 100 percent that I am doing this because I don’t know how my body will react, I don’t know how I will feel emotionally after everything, so I just feel like I have to take it step by step.

“You’ve heard so much about how this is changing your world and I’m sure it will change mine. It’s just something I’ll have to wait and see. We originally hoped it would happen a little sooner, just to give me a bigger and better opportunity to go back to Paris, but life has its own plans, so we are just happy that we are expecting a boy, becoming parents and all that. which.”

Ross, 40, last competed in March and then withdrew ahead of the June World Championships, which she entered with Emily Day, with unspecified injury. She has not announced if she plans to return to competition or when.

The first significant qualifying tournament for the Paris Games 2024 will take place next month. Qualification will last until June 2024.

Teams with Olympic ambitions will likely have to compete at some point in 2023 or risk falling significantly behind in qualifying by up to two places from each country.

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Esther Ledeckathe Olympic skiing and snowboarding champion will miss the Alpine Skiing World Championships next month but hopes to return from collarbone surgery ahead of the Snowboarding World Championships at the end of February.

Ledecka, 27, said she is recovering well from her November surgery but does not want to rush her return, Czech media reported, citing a press release.

She will miss the Alpine Worlds in France, where her 2018 Olympic gold medal, the super-G, will take place on February 8. Her Snowboard Worlds Parallel Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom will take place on 19 February and 21 February.

Ledecka has not competed internationally in any sport since March due to a collarbone injury.

Following her Olympic titles in skiing and snowboarding in 2018, she won another gold in snowboarding last year. In alpine skiing, she was fourth overall and fifth in super-G at last year’s Games.

Ledecka is the only person to win Olympic titles in skiing and snowboarding.

Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami He is the reigning Olympic champion and world champion in the super-G.

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