US title favorites Jessica Pegula and Coco Goff cruised into the third round at the Australian Open on Friday.
Third-seeded Pegola, a quarter-finalist for the past two years at Melbourne Park, needed 65 minutes to cruise to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Marta Kostivic. Seventh-seeded Goff defeated Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last 16.
Pegula raced through the first set and although Kostyuk established herself in the second set, she was always playing catch-up.
“I thought I didn’t give too many free points,” said Pegula, who will meet 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejkova in the next round. “I was playing aggressive when I had to but also smart. Happy to get to the next round.”
Gaff suffered a major blow from Parra.
“Today’s match was a tough one,” Goff said. “Bernarda hit… I can’t say the word… she hit the ball really hard, I was just trying to hang in there. I’m happy to get to the second week.”
Top-seeded Iga Svetek defeated qualifier Cristina Boxa of Spain 6-0, 6-1 in just 55 minutes. Last year’s finalist Danielle Collins of the US was defeated by Wimbledon champion Elina Rybakina 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Krejcikova was the first player to advance to the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Anhelina Kalinina on Friday at Rod Laver Arena.
The 20th-seeded Czech player won the first five games of the match and dominated his Ukrainian opponent. Krajkova has not dropped a single set in three matches.
In the men’s game, Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Jannik Sinner in the fourth round.
Third-seeded Tsitsipas saved a set point in the second set but defeated Talon Greekspor 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to reach the last 16 at Melbourne Park for the third time in four years.
Sinner recovered from two sets down for the first time in his career as he won the last 12 games to defeat Martin Fuchsaux 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 after 3 hours and 33 minutes. Defeated.
“Definitely the first two sets were very difficult for me,” said the 21-year-old Italian and the 15th seed. “I went on the court with a strategy, then I had to change a little bit, go a little bit more into his backhand. We worked a lot more physically in the offseason so I was more physical in the last few sets today. But it was good.
Tsitsipas, the top-ranked player in the men’s draw, was pushed hard by 63rd-ranked Greekspor in the second set after top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Casper Ruud were eliminated.
The Dutchman had a set point on Tsitsipas’ serve at 6-5 in the second set but was unable to convert and Tsitsipas stormed back for victory.
Tsitsipas and Sinner have played five times, with the Greek leading 4-1. The 24-year-old is a three-time Australian Open semi-finalist and was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the 2021 French Open. Sner reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne last year.
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