World N.2 Arena Sabalenga walked to the edge of the abyss again, but did not fall into it, unlike N.3 Garbine Muguruza, who fell there by an inspired Alizé Cornet at the Australian Open on Thursday.
In the men’s draw, The Medvedev-Kyrgios clash is pending, with Diego Schwartzman (13th) and Christopher O’Connell, 17th in the world, coming out as guests in the main draw.
. Sabalenga inside, Mukurusa out
As in the 1st round, Sabalenga was forced to change the compromised situation.
Facing the 100th world, Xinhua Wang, a powerful Belarusian, was in grave danger due to utterly erratic service.
Six double mistakes in the first game, then 3-0 and another, 12th, three in a row to give up the first set …
“I have a lot of experience playing without my serve … I kept telling myself that other shots on my racket were enough to win games without my serve,” he explained.
Still, he came very close to being knocked out again against the buy-in as he had to change the situation to settle for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 set to Australian Storm Sanders (128th) in the first round on Tuesday. 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Muguruza was helpless against Garnett (61st), who executed his plan perfectly. As a result, two days before the French player celebrated his 32nd birthday, he presented a nice birthday present with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the Spanish player.
“I know her well, I’ve played with her a few times. The last time I hit her on the grass, so I know what to expect, I know how to harass her,” Garnett commented.
But between knowing what to do and using what I can today, it is true that it will not be easy. I was so focused, I was in my bubble, I felt really good. I had no misgivings, I felt my shots were going well and I played casually, “he said.
In the last Masters match (against Muguruza), Danish Clara Dowson (39th) knocked out Estonian Annette Kontaveit (7th) 6-2, 6-4.
Poland’s Iga Sviatech, on the other hand, defeated Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson (82nd) 6-2, 6-2.
. Rublev in good port, Schwartzman in nature
Diego Schwartzman (13th) of Argentina, Christopher O’Connell of Australia, 175th in the ATP and the winner of the call, won 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4.
At 27, O’Connell is competing in his fourth Australian Open, where he lost in the 2nd round last year.
In contrast, Express Andrei Rublev (6th) came safely in the 3rd round: the Russian took 1h47 and defeated the Lithuanian Ricardos Fernandez (93rd) 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 in the set. In the 1st round, Italy’s Gianluca Magerin (65th), 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
The clash is scheduled for the start of the night session between world No.2 and last year’s finalist Daniel Medvedev and the Australian Open’s lovely, eccentric and spectacular Nick Kyrgios.
Due to Govt, the gauge at Melbourne Park has been reduced to 50%. Just hours before Novak Djokovic was sent off – just hours before facing the tournament’s favorite team – Kyrgios asked the crowd.
“Let everyone come !!! I say 100 %%%%%%,” he tweeted.
The hostility begins at 7:00 pm (9:00 am from Paris).
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