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Australian Open: Linnett upsets Garcia to reach first Grand Slam QF, Pliskova clash set Sabalenka to face Vekic.

FeaturedSports NewsAustralian Open: Linnett upsets Garcia to reach first Grand Slam QF, Pliskova clash set Sabalenka to face Vekic.

Magda Linnet advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal after two first-set breaks to beat No. 4 Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 6-4 on Monday. She will face Karolina Pliskova, who beat Zhang Shuai 6-0, 6-4 in another fourth-round match on Monday.

Lynette was lost for words in the on-court interview after the match. “I really don’t believe it,” he said. “I can’t believe it, really. I don’t know what happened. I’m really speechless. I don’t know what to say.”

Fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time by beating Belinda Bencic 7-5, 6-2 on Monday. Bencic double-faulted to drop the first set, putting Sabalenka in control from that point.

“I’m very happy with today’s win,” Sablenka said. “He (Bencic) is an incredible player. He played very well. I’m really happy with the level today.”

Sabalenka faces Donna Vecic, who defeated Linda Frohortova 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

Two other quarter-final matches had already been set, with Elena Rybakina facing Jelena Ostapenko, and Jessica Pegula playing Victoria Azarkina. Top seed Aiga Svitek and No. 2 Onse Jabior are out, leaving No. 3 Pegula as the highest-ranked women in the final eight.

Sabalenka said she worked hard to control her emotions during matches. “It took me a while to realize that negative emotions weren’t helping me on the court,” she said. “You just have to stay strong and believe no matter what.”

Sablanka also said that his fitness has improved. “We worked a lot in pre-season and I’m very happy that everything is working now,” he said.

Novak Djokovic faces Alex de Manor for a place in the men’s quarterfinals on Monday. Djokovic is aiming for his 10th Australian Open title and his 22nd Grand Slam title. The Grand Slam mark would tie him with Rafael Nadal for the most by any man.

This story was published without editing the text from a wire agency feed. Only the title has been changed.

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