14/04/2024

Jannik Sinner was electric against Alex de Minaur on Rod Laver Arena. (Photo: Australian Open)

Alex de Minaur’s Australian Open dream has ended. Meanwhile, Storm Sanders moved into the quarter-final as Samantha Stosur’s career in Australia may be over.

Alex de Minaur has been knocked out of the Australian Open, going down to young Italian Jannik Sinner on Monday evening in Melbourne.

Demon’s dream crushed

Alex de Minaur’s clash against Italian Jannik Sinner was delayed by nearly three hours after two epic women’s singles clashes on Rod Laver Arena.

Originally scheduled for 2:30pm local time, the match begun at 5:19pm.

Coming into the match, Sinner lead the head-to-head by two matches to nil, having defeated de Minaur in 2019 and 2020. Both players were looking to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for just the second time in their young careers.

De Minaur generated four break points in his first two receiving games, but was crucially unable to convert.

After a set filled with long rallies, the 11th-seeded Italian took it after 70 minutes in a tiebreaker.

The 22-year-old Australian again generated break points at the start of the second set, but missed out for a second successive set as Sinner clawed his way out of trouble.

Conversely, it was the 20-year-old star who took a commanding 2-0 lead to silence the crowd.

Sinner’s stroke-play throughout the remainder of the set was a highlight, as he romped to a two sets to love lead.

Trailing 4-1 in the third set, de Minaur would finally break Sinner’s serve for the first time in the match on his eighth attempt.

But it would matter little, as the rising star won in impressive fashion, 7-6(3) 6-3 6-4.

De Minaur will enjoy a period of recovery before cracking in to the remainder of 2022. He will leave the Australian Open with a ranking of 33, which is a rise of nine rankings after his best-ever result at his home slam.

Sanders’ record run

Ninth-seeds Caroline Dolehide and Storm Sanders have reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open, defeating Ukrainian pair Marta Kostyuk and Dayana Yastremska.

Playing at Margaret Court Arena, Sanders has reached the quarter-final of a Grand Slam for the very first time, as she and Dolheide took a comfortable 6-4 6-4 victory.

Storm Sanders and Caroline Dolehide are into the quarter-final. (Photo: Tennis Australia)

The Big M’s move into the quarter-final

Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell caused an upset on Monday, defeating 13th-seeds Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan, 7-6(3) 6-3.

After a tight first set tiebreaker, the Aussie duo were able to win the final set with ease.

Ebden and Purcell will play in their second consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, after reaching the same point together at the 2021 US Open.

Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell cruised through on Monday. (Photo: Tennis Australia)

Elsewhere in the men’s doubles, Dane Sweeney and Li Tu had their memorable Open run cut short, losing to second-seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram. The highlight of the match came early in the first set, when Salisbury hit a contender for shot of the tournament.

Mixed results in the mixed doubles

Second-seeds John Peers and Zhang Shuai celebrated a big win over Bernarda Pera and Wesley Koolhof in warm conditions at Melbourne Park. Peers and Shuai, the doubles partner of Samantha Stosur, squeezed through a tight first set before dominating the second set to win, 7-5 6-3.

An all-Australian encounter rounded out a busy day of Australian action, as Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden faced Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler. Following Ebden’s doubles clash, the match was scheduled for an evening start to give the big Australian a reasonable opportunity to rest.

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Both pairs are wildcard entries to this year’s open, and couldn’t be separated as the match was sent to a third set super-tiebreaker. Stosur and Ebden had match points throughout the second set, but their young opponents managed to level the score.

Youth would prevail as Fourlis and Kubler capped off a magnificent comeback to move into the next round, 3-6 7-5 (11-9).

It is unknown whether that is the last time Stosur plays professionally in Australia.

Number one seeds progress in wheelchair doubles

After playing each other on Sunday in the singles, Tom Egberink and Ben Weekes paired up in the men’s wheelchair doubles. They faced the difficult task of challenging the number one seeds Alfie Hewitt and Gordon Reid. The British pair were able to control the match, winning 7-5 6-2 to progress to the final.

Backing up after yesterday’s marathon win, Dylan Alcott teamed up with Heath Davidson in the quad wheelchair doubles semi-final. Facing yesterday’s singles opponent Niels Vink and his partner Sam Schroder, the Aussies were smashed in the first set.

The Dutch number one seeds were tested in the second set, but the doubles partnership of Alcott and Davidson ended, going down 6-1 7-6(3).

Aussies in Action on Day Nine

7:00pm: Ash Barty [1] vs Jessica Pegula [21] Rod Laver Arena

11:00am: Dylan Alcott [1] vs Andrew Lapthorne Kia Arena

11:00am: Heath Davidson vs Sam Schroder [2] Court 8

1:00pm: John Peers/Filip Polasek [5] vs Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos [3] Margaret Court Arena

3:00pm: Sania Mirza/Rajeev Ram vs Jaimee Fourlis/Jason Kubler [WC] Margaret Court Arena

3:30pm: Nick Kyrgios/Thanasi Kokkinakis [WC] vs Tim Puetz/Michael Venus [6] Kia Arena

5:30pm: Ena Shibahara/Ben McLachlan [8] vs Shuai Zhang/John Peers [2] Kia Arena

Times are subject to change at the discretion of the Australian Open.

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