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Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the quarterfinals, Ostapenko…


Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff
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Greek star player Stefanos Tsitsipas has made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Third seed Tsitsipas defeated Janic Sinner of Italy in a five-set match. Seeded 15th, Sinner fought till the end but could not seal the match. Tsitsipas defeated him 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3. He will take on Jiri Lehka of Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

Among the women, seventh seeded youngster Coco Gauff was defeated. She was defeated by 20th seed Lena Ostapenko of Latvia. Defeated Coco Gauff 7-5, 6-3. Latvia’s Ostapenko has made it to the last-eight of this tournament for the first time. There she will face last year’s Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina.

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Rybakina did a reversal

Rybakina ended the journey of world number one Iga Swiatek in another match. She caused an upset by defeating Poland’s Swiatek in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Swiatek had a great last season. He won eight titles including two Grand Slams last year. She was unbeaten for 37 matches. She was also the favorite to win the title in the Australian Open, but she did not work against Rybakina and was eliminated from the tournament with a defeat.

Rybakina in the quarterfinals for the first time

22nd seed Rybakina troubled Swiatek with her serve and sealed the match in an hour and a half. She reached the quarterfinals of this tournament for the first time. Rybakina was born in Moscow, Russia, but has been playing for Kazakhstan since 2018. In other matches, Jessica Pegula defeated 2021 French Open champion Barbora Kryjkova 7-5, 6-2. She has reached the quarterfinals of this tournament for the third time in a row.

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Korda in Grand Slam quarterfinals for the first time

The 22-year-old Sebastian Korda of America defeated 10th seed Hubert Harkaj 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) in a hard-fought five-set match. Korda has reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Korda’s father is Petr Korda, who won the men’s singles title at the 1998 Australian Open. Korda will take on Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals. Khachanov defeated Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0, 6-0, 7-6 (4). In other matches, unseeded Jiri Lehka beat sixth seed Felix Auger Alissime 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

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Wheel chair player Shingo Kunida retired

Wheelchair tennis star Shingo Kunieda, winner of 28 Grand Slam singles titles, retired from the sport on Sunday. The 38-year-old Kunieda completed the career Grand Slam by winning all four Grand Slam titles by winning the Wimbledon title last year. Japan’s Shingo said, “I’ve been thinking about retirement since the Tokyo Paralympics. Last year I felt that I had less energy left to compete.

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