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Barbora Krejcikova first to advance to Australian Open’s 4th round Americans Pegula, Gauff into 4th round at Australian Open Tsitsipas, Sinner to meet in Australian Open’s 4th round

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MELBOURNE, Australia. Barbora Krejcikova became the first player to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open this year after a 6-2, 6-3 win over Angelina Kalinina at the Rod Laver Arena.

The Czech No. 20 won the first five games of the match and dominated her Ukrainian opponent. Kreychikova has not lost a single set in three matches.

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“I was happy that I was able to put them all under my control, there were a few close games,” the 2021 French Open champion said of her early lead. “From there, I tried to stay aggressive.”

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Later on Day 5, Third Place Stefanos Tsitsipas will be given extra motivation to move forward, with No. 1 Iga Swiatek and the two leading Americans also in action.

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Tsitsipas is the highest ranked player remaining in the men’s bracket after the elimination of defending champion Rafael Nadal and number two Kasper Ruud.

Tsitsipas, 24, a three-time Australian Open semi-finalist and runner-up at the 2021 French Open behind Novak Djokovic, will face Tallon Grikspur for the first time in his next match at Rod Laver.

Swiatek will face qualified Spaniard Cristina Buxa, while Americans Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff are ahead of Marta Kostiuk and Bernarda Pera respectively.

MELBOURNE, Australia. American favorites Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff scored convincing wins in the third round of the Australian Open.

Third seed Pegula, quarter-finalist of the past two years at Melbourne Park, took 65 minutes to beat Marta Kostiuk 6-0, 6-2. Seventh seeded Gauff beat Bernardo Pera 6-3, 6-2 to finish in the last 16.

Pegula ran through the first set, and while Kostyuk proved herself in the second set, she always played catch up.

“I thought I just didn’t give away a lot of free points,” said Pegula, who will face Barbora Krejcikova, 2021 French Open champion, in the next round. “When I had to, I played aggressively, but also smartly. Glad to go to the next round.”

Gauff had to endure a flurry of hard blows from Pera.

“Today was a tough match,” Gauff said. “Bernard got hit… I can’t pronounce the word. she hit the ball really hard, I was just trying to stay there. I’m glad I made it through the second week.”

Iga Swiatek, who took first place, beat Cristina Buxa, a qualifying participant from Spain, with a score of 6:0, 6:1 in just 55 minutes. Last year’s finalist Danielle Collins of the United States lost 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Kreychikova was the first player to advance to the fourth round after a 6-2, 6-3 win over Angelina Kalinina to start Friday’s game at Rod Laver Arena.

The Czech No. 20 won the first five games of the match and dominated her Ukrainian opponent. Kreychikova has not lost a single set in three matches.

In the men’s game, Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Yannick Sinner in the fourth round.

Third-placed Tsitsipas saved a set point in the second set but beat Tallon Greekspur 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-3 to reach the bottom 16 at Melbourne Park for the third time in four years.

Sinner recovered from two sets for the first time in his career, beating Marton Fuksovich 4–6, 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–0 in 3 hours and 33 minutes, winning the last 12 games.

“Of course, the first two sets were very hard for me,” said the 21-year-old Italian, seeded 15th. “I went on the court with one tactic, then I had to change a bit, moving a little more to his backhand. We did a lot of work physically in the off-season, so today I was good physically in the last few sets.”

Tsitsipas, the top-ranked player remaining in the men’s bracket after the elimination of top seeded and defending champion Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Kasper Ruud, was hit hard in the second set by 63rd seeded Grikspur.

The Dutchman put an end to Tsitsipas’ serve at 6-5 in the second set, but failed to convert it and Tsitsipas took the lead.

Tsitsipas and Sinner have played five times, with the Greek leading 4-1. The 24-year-old is a three-time Australian Open semi-finalist and finished second at the 2021 French Open behind Novak Djokovic. Sinner reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne last year.

MELBOURNE, Australia. Stefanos Tsitsipas will play Yannick Sinner in the fourth round of the Australian Open with opposite victories.

Third-placed Tsitsipas saved a set point in the second set but beat Tallon Greekspur 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-3 to reach the bottom 16 at Melbourne Park for the third time in four years.

Sinner recovered from two sets for the first time in his career, beating Marton Fuksovich 4–6, 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–0 3 hours and 33 minutes after losing 2–0. in the fourth set to win the last 12 games in a row.

“Of course, the first two sets were very hard for me,” said the 21-year-old Italian, seeded 15th. “I went on the court with one tactic, then I had to change a bit, moving a little more to his backhand. We did a lot of work physically in the off-season, so today I was good physically in the last few sets.”

Tsitsipas, the top-ranked player remaining in the men’s bracket after the elimination of top seeded and defending champion Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Kasper Ruud, was hit hard in the second set by 63rd seeded Grikspur.

The Dutchman put an end to Tsitsipas’ serve at 6-5 in the second set, but failed to convert it and Tsitsipas took the lead.

Tsitsipas and Sinner have played five times, with the Greek leading 4-1. The 24-year-old is a three-time Australian Open semi-finalist and finished second at the 2021 French Open behind Novak Djokovic. Sinner reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne last year.

Barbora Krejcikova became the first player to advance to the fourth round since her 6-2, 6-3 win over Angelina Kalinina at the start of Friday’s game at the Rod Laver Arena.

The Czech No. 20 won the first five games of the match and dominated her Ukrainian opponent. Kreychikova has not lost a single set in three matches.

“I was happy that I was able to put them all under my control, there were a few close games,” the 2021 French Open champion said of her early lead. “From there, I tried to stay aggressive.”



Source: sports.nbcsports.com

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