While plenty of the attention was on the singles quarter-finals during day 10, there were still a host of Australian in action around the grounds on Tuesday.
More importantly, there was plenty of Aussie success!
In the mixed doubles, it was a massive day, with both Aussie wildcard pairings, moving into the semi-finals, having overcome seeded pairs in their respective quarter-finals.
Olivia Gadecki and Marc Polmans beat the 6th seeds, Gabriela Dabrowski and Nathaniel Lammons, 6-4 7-6 (7). After knocking over the 4th seeds in the first round, who’s to say they won’t take it right up to Neal Skupski of Great Britain, and Desirae Krawczyk of the USA, the number 2 seeded team?
On the other side of the draw, Jaimee Fourlis and Andrew Harris needed two tight sets to defeat German and Belgian pair, Laura Siegemund, and Sander Gille, who came in as the 5th seeds. Up next for the Aussies, will be the pairing of 38-year-old Su-Wei Hsieh, and Pole, Jan Zielinski, the third seeds.
It’s possible we might have an all-Australian mixed doubles finals on the cards.
In the Junior Girls Singles, Maya Joint continues to frank her good form, winning her second round match comfortably, 6-2 6-1 against British qualifier Isabelle Lacy. Remember, Maya only just went under in three tight sets to Dayana Yastremska, in the final round of qualifying. That form looks remarkably good now, and facing off against the number 1 seed in round 3, shouldn’t worry her! Maya is also into the third round of the junior doubles, with her partner, Kristiana Sidorova of Russia, after a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win.
Emerson Jones is also through to the girls singles third round, with a hard fought three set win over Israel’s Mika Buchnik, 4-6 6-3 6-4, but went under in her round 2 doubles clash following a match tie-break.
It wasn’t such good news for wildcard, Tahlia Kokkinis, who went down 4-6 1-6 to her Bulgarian opponent, Iva Ivanova.
For the junior boys, Hayden Jones, and his partner, Alexander Razeghi, of the USA, are out, after losing their second-round clash in straight sets, while wildcards, Jonas Hahn and Ty Host, took it right up to the 5th seeded pairing, Petr Brunclik and Viktor Frydrych, before going under in a match tie-break.
The wheelchair tournament has begun, and two Aussie wildcards have gone under in the men’s wheelchair event. Ben Weekes, and Anderson Parker were unfortunately no match for their opponents, both going under in straight sets.
It was mixed results in the Quad Wheelchair event, with wildcard, Finn Broadbent losing to his Canadian opponent, but Heath Davidson a comfortable winner over his Czech opponent, Tomas Masaryk, 6-2 6-1. He’ll take on South African, Donald Ramphadi in the next round.
The legends doubles also hit the court today, with Mark Philippoussis and Marcos Baghdatis, too good for Swedish pair, Thomas Johansson and Robert Lindstedt 6-2 6-3, while Casey Dellacqua and Alicia Molik, knocked over Andrea Petkovic and Iva Majoli 6-4 6-2.
Plenty of Aussies in action on Day 11. Stay abreast of all the action from around Melbourne Park, by following and subscribing to The First Serve social media channels.