People Gauff, Pegula into 4th spherical at Australian Open; Tsitsipas units up last-16 conflict with Sinner

American title favorites Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff had convincing third-round wins on Friday on the Australian Open.

The third-seeded Pegula, a quarterfinalist the previous two years at Melbourne Park, wanted 65 minutes for a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Marta Kostyuk. Seventh-seeded Gauff beat Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-2 to achieve the final 16.

Pegula raced by means of the primary set and although Kostyuk established herself within the second set, she was at all times taking part in catch-up.

“I thought I just didn’t give away a lot of free points,” mentioned Pegula, who will meet Barbora Krejcikova, the 2021 French Open champion, within the subsequent spherical. “I was playing aggressive when I had to but also smart. Happy to be through to the next round.”

Gauff needed to face up to a barrage of massive hitting from Pera.

“Today was a tough match,” Gauff mentioned. “Bernarda hit the….I can’t say that word…she hit the ball really hard, I was just trying to hang in there. I’m happy to be through to the second week.”

High-seeded Iga Swiatek beat Cristina Bucsa, a qualifier from Spain, 6-0, 6-1 in simply 55 minutes. Final yr’s finalist Danielle Collins of the U.S. was overwhelmed 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Krejcikova was the primary participant to advance to the fourth spherical after a 6-2, 6-3 win over Anhelina Kalinina to open play Friday at Rod Laver Area.

The Twentieth-seeded Czech participant gained the primary 5 video games of the match and dominated her Ukrainian opponent. Krejcikova has not dropped a set in three matches.

In males’s play, Stefanos Tsitsipas will tackle Jannik Sinner within the fourth spherical.

Third-seeded Tsitsipas saved a set level within the second set however beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to achieve the final 16 at Melbourne Park for the third time in 4 years.

Sinner recovered from two units down for the primary time in his profession as he beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 after 3 hours, 33 minutes, successful the final 12 video games.

“For sure the first two sets were very tough for me,” the 21-year-old Italian and Fifteenth-seeded participant mentioned. “I went on court with one tactic, then I had to change a little bit, going a little more to his backhand. We made a lot of work in the off-season physically so today I was good physically in the last few sets.”

Tsitsipas, the highest-ranked participant left within the males’s draw following the exits of top-seeded and defending champion Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Casper Ruud, was pushed onerous within the second set by the 63rd-ranked Griekspoor.

The Dutch participant had a set level on Tsitsipas’ serve at 6-5 within the second set however couldn’t convert it and Tsitsipas pulled away for victory.

Tsitsipas and Sinner have performed 5 instances, with the Greek participant main 4-1. The 24-year-old is a three-time Australian Open semifinalist and was the 2021 French Open runner-up to Novak Djokovic. Sinner reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne final yr.

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.

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