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Aussie world No. 727 upsets the world No.4
While the Australian Open continues at Melbourne Park, so too do other WTA tournaments for those eliminated from the grand slam, or those who weren’t good enough to make it.
One of those is Australian Olivia Gadecki, ranked 727 in the world.
On Sunday she completed one of the biggest upsets you’re ever likely to see, defeating defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin – ranked No.4 in the world – 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
Gadecki, 18, only has $2,189 prize money to her name for her career while the American 22-year-old Kenin – who was knocked out of the Australian Open in the second round – has won nearly $3 million.
Hsieh Su-wei – a free spirit that can’t be reined in
Practice and tactical analysis might make perfect for most athletes, but it’s not always a top priority for surprise women’s quarter-finalist Hsieh Su-wei, who, at the ripe old age of 35, has reached the last eight of a grand slam for the first time.
She now faces the daunting prospect of a showdown with No. 3 seed Naomi Osaka but her former full-time coach and now part-time mentor and coach, former Australian tennis great Paul McNamee, says don’t expect Su-wei to be tearing up the practice courts in preparation.
He describes her as a free spirit, an inspirational player who can summon up exquisite shots and unexpected winners with seemingly effortless ease – as long as she is in the right frame of mind and feels a positive vibe.
Read more about her incredible story here.
‘If it wasn’t a grand slam, I would retire’: Djokovic reveals injury toll after booking quarters ticket
Novak Djokovic will feature in his 12th Australian Open quarter-final after last night breezing through his fourth-round clash with Milos Raonic
Djokovic post-match said he would not have played if the tournament had not been a grand slam.
The world No.1 was not a certain starter on Sunday after suffering what he believed to be an abdominal tear during his five-set win over American Taylor Fritz.
Barty looks to secure quarter-finals berth
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of day eight of the Australian Open. The final lot of round of 16 matches will be played in Melbourne today, with world No.1 Ashleigh Barty as well as Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Elina Svitolina among those vying to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.
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