Australian Open Day 6 Live Updates: World No.1 Ash Barty has secured a place in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2021. Barty completely dominated Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia in a one-sided match. The result ended 6-2, 6-4. With the win, Ash Barty is through to the fourth round at the Australian Open for the third consecutive year.
Earlier today, World No.5-seeded Elina Svitolina advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open after registering a straight-set win over No. 26 Yulia Putintseva on Saturday.
Svitolina won their marathon rally early in the second set, and the majority of points after that. There was no crowd due to the start of a five-day lockdown imposed by the Victoria state government in response to a COVID-19 outbreak at a hotel.
Karolina Pliskova, Belinda Bencic crashes out of Australian Open
World No.6 Karolina Pliskova has crashed out from the first Grand Slam of the year after suffering a shock 5-7, 5-7 defeat against No.25 Karolina Muchova. Karolina Muchova won the last seven games from 0-5 down in the 2nd set to beat Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-5 and reach the last 16 of the Australian Open.
11th seed Belinda Bencic has bowed out of the Australian Open 2021 after losing 6-2, 6-1 to Elise Mertens (18th seed) in the third round.
In other matches, Jessica Pegula booked her place in the round of 16 after defeating Slovenian Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-1 while 22nd seeded Jennifer Brady outclassed Kaja Juvan 6-1, 6-3.
In men’s singles, Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas has cruised into the fourth round of the Australian Open after his straight-sets win over Mikael Ymer. The Greek professional Tsitsipas won the match 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 against his Swedish rival. Meanwhile, World No.4 Daniil Medvedev won the five-set thriller against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia to progress to the round 16 of the ongoing Aus Open 2021 men’s singles. The scorecard finished 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0 in favour of Russian.
With this win, Medvedev extended his winning streak to 17 matches, which include the title at the 2020 season-ending ATP Finals. Entering this match, Medvedev was 0-6 in five-setters, including his memorable 2019 US Open championship match against Rafael Nadal. But despite letting slip a two-set advantage against Krajinovic, the Russian steadied himself to triumph after three hours and six minutes.
Medvedev will next play Mackenzie McDonald, the unseeded American, in the fourth round of the tournament
In the third-round clash, the Russian outclassed Krajinovic in the first two sets and it almost looked like an easy encounter for the 2019 US Open finalist. But in the third set, the Serbian came out with all guns blazing and made a comeback by clinching the set 6-4.
Andrey Rublev has also won the third-round match to advanced to round 4. The seventh-seeded Rublev defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.
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