Australian Open: Qualifier Katie Volynets stuns ninth seed Veronika Kudermetova to succeed in third spherical | Tennis Information – Occasions of India

MELBOURNE: Qualifier Katie Volynets surprised ninth seed Veronika Kudermetova 6-4 2-6 6-2 on Thursday to storm into the Australian Open third spherical and proceed the great begin for American gamers on the yr’s opening Grand Slam.
In solely her sixth predominant draw look at a Grand Slam, the world quantity 113 is the primary U.S. qualifier to succeed in the third spherical in girls’s singles at Melbourne Park since three-times main winner Lindsay Davenport in 1993.
The 21-year-old she had the “chills” after grinding out the largest victory of her profession in her first match in opposition to a top-10 participant.
“Suddenly, you get match point and it’s like ‘wow I’ve got match point against the ninth seed’,” Volynets stated in her on-court interview. “You just start going for it and let whatever happens happen.
“I’ve by no means performed in a stadium this packed and that many individuals conserving the power up for me. In order that’s superior.”
Volynets’ win comes a day after fellow American Mackenzie McDonald despatched champion Rafa Nadal crashing out and the likes of Jessica Pegula, Madison Keys and Frances Tiafoe all scored victories.
Volynets will subsequent meet both China’s Zhang Shuai or Croatian Petra Martic for a spot within the fourth spherical.

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