On Sunday, the matches of the fourth round of the Grand Slam began at the court in Melbourne Australian Open. There were big surprises in the women’s tournament, where the defeats were suffered by, among others,in. two players from the top “10” WTA ranking.
Badosa demolished by the Keys
The sixth rocket in the world, Spanish Paula Badosa, unexpectedly lost to American Madison Keys (WTA 51.) 3: 6, 1: 6.
Keys has a great start to the 2022 season. Just before the Australian Open, she won the tournament in Adelaide, now she is doing great in Melbourne. On Sunday, she gave Badosa no chance – she started the match by leading 3-0 in the first set, winning the entire first game to three. It was even easier in the second – she won 6: 1.
The American sent as many as 26 balls in the short two sets with 18 unforced errors. Badosa, in turn, played a match that she would like to forget as soon as possible. This is also visible in numbers – she only played 10 winners with 20 unforced errors and as many as 10 double service errors.
Krejcikova smashed Azarenka
In the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Madison Keys will be seeded with a four Barbora Krejcikova. In a very interesting match, Czech defeated Belarusian Wiktoria Azarenka (WTA 25) 6: 2, 6: 2.
There were no great emotions in this meeting either. Krejcikova was doing very well with her own service, allowing herself to be overcome only once, and breaking her rival five times. Azarenka, who was the bookmakers’ favorite before this match (odds 1.48 with around 2.70 on Krejcikova), could only win four games.
Sakkari also dropped out
Another tennis player who said goodbye to AO on Sunday is a Greek Maria Sakkari. The eighth player in the world put her opponent ahead of Badosa or Azarenka, but she lost in two sets with the American Jessica Pegula 6: 7, 3: 6.
In the first set, Pegula was leading 5: 3 and even had a set ball, but Sakkari managed to lead to a tie-break. In it, however, she did not score a single point and the set was won by the American.
In the second game about victory Wrestler It was decided by one breakthrough that allowed her to take a quick 4: 1 lead. The American brought this advantage to the end of the match and in the quarter-finals she will play with the leader of the world ranking, Australian Ashleigh Barty or her countryman Amanda Anisimowa.
Dropping such strong players out of the tournament is good news for Iga Świątek in the context of the entire tournament. Let us remind you that a Pole their game of the fourth round of the Australian Open will be played on Monday. He will play against the Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who is ranked 38th in the WTA ranking.