The last British singles player is back in action today with Dan Evans taking on No.9 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime later.
But there has already been lots of action on and off the court with a French star going through after a rant at the umpire – and the world No.2 celebrated after serving only 10 doubles faults.
And Nick Kyrgios is again making headlines – this time claiming he was challenged to a fight after knocking the top seeds out of the doubles.
Alize Cornet had a happy 32nd birthday – eventually
The French star reached the fourth round her for only the second time – and the first time since 2009 – after a brilliant comeback against No.29 seed Tamara Zidansek.
Cornet was a set and a double-break down before winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in an epic 2 hours and 43 minutes.
But the former world No.11 was furious when she was hit with a time violation when serving at 4-4 in the second set.
She told Polish umpire Katarzyna Radwan-Cho: “This is insane. I didn’t do anything. I took my towel, I took the ball and I went. I didn’t even wait for one second. What is your problem with me?”
Cornet, who is playing in her 60th consecutive Grand Slam, said later: I had to tell her what I had on my heart. I came to her and I was like: ‘We’ve been fighting on the court for two hours in the heat, playing such a long game. I mean, be a little bit understanding. You’re in the shade, you’re seated. I was a little bit, maybe not really nice. But I told her sometimes you have to be a little bit human with the players.”
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And it was also celebration time for Aryna Sabalenka
The world No.2 served 12 double faults in her first round win – and started her second round match with six in her first service game on her way to a total of 19.
But the Belarussian beat No.31 seed Market Vondrousova 4-6 6-3 6-1 today – and raised her arms in triumph in her post-match interview when she said: “I am really happy right now. Mostly I am happy I made only 10 double faults! I had some troubles. I will just keep working on my serve and hope it gets better every match.”
Kaia Kanepi didn’t feel the heat
The Estonian veteran reached the fourth round here for the first time at the 13th attempt by ending the run of Aussie wildcard Maddison Inglis 2-6 6-2 6-0. But on the hottest day of the tournament so far – temperatures reach 33 degrees – the world No.115 did not wear a hat or sunglasses. “I don’t feel comfortable playing in a hat,” she said. “It is better to used to the sun.”
She now faces Sabalenka.
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Simona Halep reaches the fourth round for the fifth straight year
The Romanian had been seeded to play Emma Raducanu today but instead the former finalist thrashed the British star’s conqueror Danka Kovinic 6-2 6-1.
Halep is now 8-0 this season – and the US Open champion was lucky to avoid her in this form with a blistered hand.
“I don’t think you’re getting very far against Simona with a slice forehand,” she smiled. “Not gonna lie”
And after the early exits of Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, the last teenager is out of the women’s draw after No.27 seed Danielle Collins sent home 19-year-old Clara Tauson of Denmark 4-6, 6-4 7-5.
The Nick Kyrgios soap opera is running into the second week
Kyrgios and his doubles partner claim they were challenged to a fight after knocking the No.1 seeds out of the Australian Open doubles. His fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinaksi tweeted “That was crazy, mans thought it was UFC”.
Wimbledon and Olympic champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic complained about the crowd noise in the Kia Arena after they lost 7-6 6-3.
And Channel Nine posted footage of Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis having an animated exchange with the Croatian pair and their entourage in a players area at Melbourne Park.
Kyrgios tweeted: “Just letting you know after yesterday’s chop fest in doubles my opponents coach and trainer proceeded to threaten to fight in the players gym. Tennis is a soft soft sport all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball.”
In more normal doubles action….
No.2 seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are still in the hunt for a second Australian Open doubles title after beating 6-1 6-2 against Marcus Daniell and Frederick Nielsen 6-1 6-2.
Heather Watson is out of the women’s doubles after the Channel Islander and her Italian partner Jasmine Paolini lost 6-4 6-3 to Ukrainians Marta Kostyuk and Dayana Yastremska.
Dom Inglot and Ken Skupski are also out after going down 7-5 6-3 to Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan