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Krejcikova, Keys reach Australian Open quarters

Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova serves in opposition to Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka at some level of their girls’s singles match on day seven of the Australian Launch tennis event in Melbourne on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. AFP PHOTO

MELBOURNE:

French Launch champion Barbora Krejcikova breezed to a 6-2, 6-2 take dangle of over two-time Australian Launch champion Victoria Azarenka on Sunday to reach the quarterfinals for the third time in four Immense Slam events.

The fourth-seeded Krejcikova was once ousted within the 2nd round of her two outdated trips to Melbourne Park and is into the final eight at the Australian Launch for the first time.

She’ll next play Madison Keys, who reached the semifinals in Australia in 2015 and was once runner-up at the 2017 US Launch.

Keys overpowered eighth-seeded Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-1 within the first of the fourth-round fits on Day 7 at Rod Laver Area.

The 26-Twelve months-faded American, who beat 2020 Australian Launch champion Sofia Kenin within the first round, hit 26 winners and made handiest 18 unforced errors in opposition to Badosa to proceed her unbeaten originate to 2022. She claimed her sixth profession title at a tune-up event in Adelaide final week.

Krejcikova went into her match in opposition to Azarenka believing the 32-Twelve months-faded, frail No. 1-ranked player from Belarus was once the favourite to take dangle of.

“She’s a champion here. She likes this court docket. She’s very experienced on this court docket. I contain comparatively rather a lot of admire for her,” Krejcikova acknowledged. But, “I was once doing every thing to get this one, for sure making ready for a dream esteem this.

“And yeah, I’m within the quarterfinals.”

The fourth-seeded Krejcikova wanted handiest 85 minutes to beat the 2012 and 2013 champion, who made 28 unforced errors and dropped 5 provider video games.

In later fits, top-ranked Ash Barty was once scheduled to play No. 60-ranked Amanda Anisimova, who saved two match aspects earlier than upsetting defending champion Naomi Osaka within the third round.

The winner of that match between Barty and Anisimova will play No. 21-seeded Jessica Pegula, who beat fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari 7-6 (0), 6-3 on Margaret Court docket Area.

In the boys’s plot, Rafael Nadal was once persevering with his quest for a men’s chronicle 21st Immense Slam singles title when he faced French left-hander Adrian Mannarino.

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