Tennis at it’s best! This is what Day 8 of Australian Open 2022 was all about. Some big upsets, few extraordinary games, top-notch action and what not – Melbourne witnessed a mesmerizing day of tennis on January 24 (Monday). With the final few remaining slots in quarter-finals up for grabs, the singles’ event was truly a blockbuster.
Daniil Medvedev continued his solid form and clinched a hard-fought victory to set up a quarter-final meeting with Felix Auger Aliassime, who himself registered an impressive win over Marin Cilic in fourth round today. Meanwhile, Jack Sinner defeated home-boy Alex de Minaur in straight sets. In next round, he will now face Stefanos Tsisipas who edged out Taylor Fritz in a five-set thriller on Monday.
|Daniil Medvedev (2) def. Maxime Cressy||6-2, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 7-5|
|Felix Auger Aliassime (9) def. Marin Cilic (27)||2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2, 7-6 (4)|
|Jannik Sinner (11) def. Alex de Minaur (32)||7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4|
|Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) def. Taylor Fritz (20)||4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4|
Two of the major contenders to win the Grand Slam this year – Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep – crashed out of the tournament leaving everyone in shock. While Sabalenka lost out to Kaia Kanepi, Halep suffered a defeat at hands of Alize Cornet. Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek and Danielle Collins registered impressive three-set wins to progress further.
|Alize Cornet def. Simona Halep (14)||6-4, 3-6, 6-4|
|Iga Swiatek (7) def. Sorana Coirstea||7-7, 6-3, 6-3|
|Danielle Collins (27) def. Elise Mertens (19)||4-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|Kaia Kanepi def. Aryna Sabalenka (2)||5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (10-7)|
Other key results
In the other categories also, there were a few big results. In men’s doubles, the Australian duo of Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden won their third round match to march on in front of their home crowd. The top-seeded pairing of women’s doubles – Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková – continued their dominance and cruised through next round with a straight-set win. Meanwhile, the mixed doubles’ duo of Zhang Shuai and John Peers are also through to semi-finals.