MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Highlights of the fifth day of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Friday. All times are local (GMT +11)
1726 SWIATEK THROUGH IN 55 MINUTES
World number one Iga Swiatek humbled Spanish qualifier Cristina Bucsa 6-0 6-1 as the top seed cruised into the fourth round in just 55 minutes.
Bucsa drew the biggest roar from the crowd at Margaret Court Arena when she finally got on the board in the 12th game before Swiatek served out the match.
1707 GAUFF PREVAILS IN BATTLE OF AMERICANS
American seventh seed Coco Gauff extended her 2023 win-streak to eight matches as the 18-year-old — who has not dropped a set this year — beat compatriot Bernarda Pera 6-3 6-2.
1618 MIXED FORTUNES FOR U.S. WOMEN
Jessica Pegula advanced after the American third seed comfortably beat Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk 6-0 6-2 in 65 minutes to set up a last-16 clash with former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.
“I was playing aggressive when I had to but also playing smart. I learned a lot from the last time I played her (Kostyuk) …. She’s super talented and a great athlete,” Pegula said.
Her compatriot and 13th seed Danielle Collins was knocked out, however, by Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who won 6-2 5-7 6-2.
“I’m super happy. It was a really difficult match. Danielle played really well,” Rybakina said.
“I started really well and Danielle raised her level in the second set. It was really close, just one break (from Collins, in the second set), so I knew I needed to start the third set really well.”
1510 RAMPANT TSITSIPAS ADVANCES WITH STRAIGHT SETS WIN
Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas dispatched Tallon Griekspoor 6-2 7-6(5) 6-3 to move into the fourth round. The Greek has yet to drop a set in Melbourne and will play Jannik Sinner in the next round.
Sun shines on Tsitsipas in dominant victory at Australian Open
Swiatek renews hunt for maiden Melbourne title with Bucsa clash
Order of play on Friday
‘Worried’ Djokovic through as second seeds Ruud, Jabeur bow out
Man on a mission, Djokovic comes through Couacaud test
Djokovic adopts ‘day-by-day’ approach to deal with hamstring problem
Murray grinds down Kokkinakis in late-night-epic
Victorious Murray says 4am finishes are farcical
Exhausted Murray has energy to blast officials after late night finish
Second seed Jabeur sent packing by Vondrousova in second round
Bencic unfazed by Australian Open hype
American Mmoh in dreamland after lucky break
Zverev fulfils low expectations with second-round exit
Bird takes aim at Zverev on messy day for German
Brooksby delivers Ruud shock to send second seed crashing
Ruud defends warm-up tour with Nadal after early Australian Open exit
Nadal sidelined for 6-8 weeks with hip flexor injury
American Volynets derives strength from family in Ukraine
Chardy drops the ball and fumes at chair umpire during defeat
Tiafoe’s eye-catching Nike outfit not one for Britain’s Evans
Australian Open 2023: order of play on Saturday
1445 SINNER OVERCOMES FUCSOVICS SCARE
Italian 15th seed Jannik Sinner survived an early scare to fight back from two sets down and beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-0 to move into the last-16.
Sinner won 12 straight games to seal a monumental comeback in a little over 3-1/2 hours to record his first victory from two sets down.
1250 KOKKINAKIS HAILS ‘WARRIOR’ MURRAY
Thanasi Kokkinakis heaped praise on Andy Murray after the 35-year-old Briton clawed his way back from two sets down to win their second-round match that lasted five hours and 45 minutes, finishing at 4:05 a.m.
“Gave it everything I had last night and fell short. You’re a warrior Andy Murray and an honour to share that court with you,” Kokkinakis wrote on Instagram.
Murray was back at Melbourne Park with his kit for practice just eight hours after the longest Grand Slam match of his career. He faces Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round on Sunday.
1240 KREJCIKOVA TOO GOOD FOR KALININA
Czech 20th seed Barbora Krejcikova, the 2021 French Open champion, began proceedings on Rod Laver Arena with a 6-2 6-3 win over Anhelina Kalinina to reach the fourth round.
Krejcikova raced to a 5-0 lead before dropping her serve but she recovered from the blip to go up in the contest on her fifth set point before holding firm in the next to stay on course for a possible clash with third seed Jessica Pegula.
1116 PLAY UNDER WAY AT MELBOURNE PARK
Third-round action began as scheduled on a sunny fifth day at the year’s first Grand Slam, after heat and rain delays caused havoc with the schedule earlier in the week.
The weather forecast looks good, with a high of 23 Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit).