The round of 16 at the Australian Open opened early in the morning (between Saturday and Sunday) with two surprises: the elimination of the number 1 ranked Iga Shabiontek by the Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.
Half an hour later, 18-year-old Koko Goff also ended her journey in the tournament with quite a few tears.
After winning last year's Roland Garros and the US championships, Iga Shabiontek found herself packing her bags earlier than expected following a 6:4, 6:4 loss against the Kazakh, who is ranked 25th in the world. Rybakina advanced to the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the first time in her career after breaking after 10 from games in the first set and managed to recover from a 3:0 deficit in the second set.
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Jelena Ostapenko (17, Latvia) did her thing against the American Coco Goff, who raised her hands after 5:7, 3:6 not particularly tight.
The 25-year-old Latvian recorded her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since Wimbledon 2018, not before making her body shed many tears.
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For the men, the first to qualify for the quarterfinals was the Russian Karen Khachanov (20th in the world), who defeated the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (33rd in the world) in two hours with twice 0:6 and a third set that went to a tiebreaker.
Khachanov's opponent in the quarterfinals will be Sebastian Korda (31st in the world), who beat Hubert Horkach (11th in the world) after five sets.
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