January 22, 2024

Australian Open 2024 LIVE updates: De Minaur plots future victories; Azarenka faces qualifier; Alcaraz takes on Kecmanovic

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French wildcard punches above his weight

By Selma Milovanovic

“I’m ready to fight everyone.”

That’s the kind of attitude that promises exciting tennis, no matter what the player’s ranking.

The speaker here is French wildcard Arthur Cazaux, whose march into the second week of the Open has already meant he’s felled seeded players such as Ugo Humbert, Holger Rune and Tallon Griekspoor.

Arthur Cazaux of France signs autographs.Credit: AP

Later this afternoon the world No. 108 is up against Polish star Hubert Hurkacz on John Cain Arena, and he’s got plenty of confidence left.

The big-serving Frenchman, 21, played handball for seven years until he moved solely into tennis – and it shows on court.

His big serves, speed and agility are exciting to watch.

“I always had a good shoulder because I played handball during many years. I think that’s why I have a big shoulder and I can serve very fast on court,” he said.

Cazaux’s the first wildcard to make the fourth round of the Open since Denis Istomin in 2017.

And he’s not shy, either. He’s a big Kobe Bryant fan and sports a snake tattoo, among others.

As he says, it shows his “black mamba mentality”.


Yastremska beats two-time Australian Open winner

By Carla Jaeger

Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska has done it!

The 23-year-old is through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, beating the two-time Open champion and No.18 Victoria Azarenka.

“My heart I feel is gonna jump out of my body,” Yastremska said after her win.

She said the support of the crowd was amazing.

Yastremska is through to the quarter-finals.Credit: AP


Svitolina retires after medical treatment in first set

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina has just retired during the first set of her match against Czech teenager Linda Noskova.

The world No. 19 was treated by a trainer during a medical timeout, but retired in tears shortly after the match restarted. The pair had only played three games.

Noskova said this was not the way she planned to win.

“I feel sorry for Elina, I hope she gets soon very well,” the 19-year-old said.

“We’ll just see what happens next round.”

Elina Svitolina and Linda Noskova embrace after Svitolina retired hurt.Credit: AP


Medical timeout for Svitolina

A physiotherapist has been called to Margaret Court Arena to look at Elina Svitolina, with the match paused because of a medical timeout.

When a player needs treatment, it can last no longer than 180 seconds.

For a pre-existing injury, a player can’t call for assistance unless the injury gets worse during the match.

You can learn more about medical timeouts here.

Elina Svitolina receives treatment from a trainer.Credit: AP


Czech teen who beat world No.1 up against Svitolina

And over on Margaret Court Arena, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina is taking on Czech teenager Linda Noskova.

The 19-year-old Czech knocked out world No.1 Iga Swiatek on Saturday night, in a thrilling three sets.

She was the first teenager to defeat a world No.1 at the Australian Open since Amelie Mauresmo defeated Lindsay Davenport 25 years ago.

And Noskova has taken the first game in the set after 11 minutes.

Linda Noskova.Credit: Getty Images


Yastremska, Azarenka back on court after gripping tie-break

By Carla Jaeger

After a seven-minute break, 23-year-old Dayana Yastremska and 34-year-old Victoria Azarenka have returned to court for the second set of their fourth round contest.

Azarenka is leading the set so far, taking the first game.

The pair treated the crowd here at Rod Laver Arena to a gripping opening set, with the Ukrainian Yastremska clawing back to win the seven-point tiebreaker 6-6 (8-6).

Dayana Yastremska focuses on the ball.Credit: AP


Yastremska wins the first set

By Selma Milovanovic and Carla Jaeger

Ukrainian qualifier Dayana Yastremska is on fire.

After pushing dual Australian Open champion Viktoria Azarenka to the limit, she has emerged victorious in a cat-and-mouse game during the first-set tie-breaker.

It’s Yastremska 7-6 (8-6) as we head into the second set of their fourth-round clash.


Yastremska forces tie-breaker

By Selma Milovanovic

Two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka is in trouble in the first set in her match against Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska.

Four break points, five deuces and two set points later, Azarenka looked like she would march on in front to the second set.

Dayana Yastremska.Credit: AP

But now we’re into a tie-break at 6:6.

The qualifier is a tough opponent, and Azarenka has had to fight back from early losses in the first set of their fourth-round match.

Victoria Azarenka in action on Rod Laver Arena.Credit: AP


Petkovic, Lindstedt’s first legends’ victory

By Selma Milovanovic

Earlier we brought you a reminder of the “Petko Dance”, the on-court moves German veteran Andrea Petkovic used to bust when winning matches back in the day.

Well, she’s just notched up another victory, teaming up with Swede Robert Lindstedt against Croatia’s Iva Majoli and Czech Radek Stepanek in the mixed doubles legends’ round 1 match.

They won 6-3, 6-4 on John Cain Arena.


What’s ahead for day 9 at the Australian Open

Chris Stubbs and Wally Masur discuss all the drama and action from day 8, including de Minaur’s heartbreaking exit.

The duo also talk about what fans can expect today, as big guns blast their way into the women’s quarter-finals.

Watch below:

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