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Jelena Ostapenko knocks out Coco Goff to reach Australian Open quarters

FeaturedSports NewsJelena Ostapenko knocks out Coco Goff to reach Australian Open quarters

Coco Goff’s Australian Open came to an end on Sunday when the 18-year-old American prodigy lost in the fourth round to former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets.

Ostapenko reached the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the first time after a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 win at Margaret Court Arena in 1 hour 33 minutes.

The Latvian will now face Wimbledon champion Elina Rybakina, who opened the women’s draw by knocking out world number one Aiga Svitek minutes earlier on Rod Laver Arena.

“I knew she was a great player, super young and she was playing really well but I had nothing to lose,” said Ostapenko, who won at Roland Garros in 2017 and Dubai last year. I won my fifth WTA Tour title.

“I just went out there and tried to do my best and fight for every point and make it difficult and I’m really happy with the way I played.”

Ostapenko, whose last Grand Slam quarter-final came at Wimbledon in 2018, has struggled with some tough injuries since then and has never beaten a top-10 player at the Australian Open before.

“I was trying to stay positive all the time,” Ostapenko said. “And I knew I had to play aggressively, even if I missed some balls.

Goff had not dropped a set en route to the last 16 and the match was a tight affair, with little to choose between the pair.

But it was the 25-year-old Ostapenko who played the key points better, bouncing back at the end of each set.

He broke Gaff at 6-5 to take the first, then 4-3 in the second.

“In the end, I think I put a lot of pressure on her and that gave me the win,” Ostapenko said.

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