Australian Open: Barty continues on her way, Krejcikova puts an end to Azarenka’s adventure, Sakkari surprised by Pegula … What to remember from the matches of the day in the women’s table

While the duel between the French Alizé Cornet and the returning Simona Halep has not yet taken place, the round of 16 of the Australian Open has already offered some great fights. And a surprise.

The favorites: Barty and Krejcikova mercilessly

The Czech Barbora Krejcikova, 4th in the world, dominated the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (6-2, 6-2), ex-world No.1 and double winner in Melbourne (2012 and 2013). It’s here first surprise of this female painting. “I wasn’t the favorite so I was just trying to have fun and play my best tennis…and I’m in the quarters!”, exclaimed Krejcikova after her success.

“Vika won here so she has a lot of experience on this court. So I’m extremely happy with my victory”, she added. Diminished by neck pain, Azarenka did not put up the same resistance to Krejcikova as the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (27th) in the previous round.

At 26, Krejcikova has reached or exceeded the 8th of each of the last four Majors (title at Roland-Garros, 8th at Wimbledon, quarters at the US Open and therefore at least quarters in Melbourne) and will be opposed to the next round in Madison keys.

Later in the austral night, Ashleigh Barty made her rank prevail to get rid of Amanda Anisimova without trembling (6-4, 6-3). Solid, as evidenced by her 7 aces and her 78% of points gained behind her first ball, the Australian did not have to overplay to tame the ardor of the American, guilty of too many unforced errors (34 against 17 at his opponent).

The outsiders: Keys opens the door to the quarters

For her part, the American Madison Keys made short work of the Spaniard Paula Badosa, yet 6th in the world, in 1h09 ((6-3, 6-1). The 26-year-old player recalled with the way on the court that if she was currently outside the Top 50 (she was even 87th on January 10), she had reached the 7th rank in the world (in 2016) and played a final at the US Open (2017).

“It’s really amazing. I served very well and I think I also returned very well, underlined the American. On many points I had a small advantage from the first ball and I managed to dictate the rally. I had to take my chance every time she showed up because I knew if I gave her an inch she would take it.”, she added.

The surprise: Sakkari falls from above

While she had not lost a set of the tournament until then, Maria Sakkari was surprised by the American Jessica Pegula, already a quarter-finalist last year in Melbourne. The Greek, seeded number 5 in the tournament, exploded in flight during the tie break of the first set, lost 7-0, and was never able to return to the game. Pegula, meanwhile, will have a new mountain to topple in the quarter-finals, world number 1 Ashleigh Barty.

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