Coco Gauff Fought her way past unseeded Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk to earn a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win on Wednesday to join four other Americans- Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Lauren Davis in the quarter-finals.
Coco Gauff Fought her way past unseeded Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk to earn a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win at the Adelaide International 2 WTA tournament on Wednesday to join four other Americans in the quarter-finals. Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Lauren Davis also won their respective matches in the round of 16 earlier in the day to book their spots in the last 8 which will take place on Thursday. Meanwhile in the men’s event, Karen Kachanov defeated Gianluca Mager 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the last 8.
Gauff battled hard against world number one Ash Barty before losing their second-round meeting in the Adelaide International 1 event. The American raced ahead 4-1 in the opening set against Kostyuk before grabbing the early lead in the match.
Kostyuk went ahead 5-3 in the second set but then wasted three set points to allow Gauff to draw level. However, she then dragged the clash into a decider when the third seed sent a forehand wide.
A decisive break in the seventh game of the third set gave Gauff the lead again and she held her nerve to prevail.
Earlier, U.S. Open runner up Madison Keys demolished Czech Tereza Martincova Riske 6-1 6-3 to go through to the next round, while Brengle downed Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 6-2 while Davis was made to work hard by Jasmine Paoli before securing a 406, 6-4, 6-4 win.
Third seed Kachanov fired 13 aces and did not face a breakpoint to triumph after 70 minutes against the Italian Mager after 70 minutes. The world number 30 will next play Arthur Rinderknech after the Frenchman edged Nur-Sultan titlist Soonwoo Kwon 5-7, 603, 602 in two hours.
Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic registered his third win in four matches in 2022 as he defeated Spaniard Jaume Munar with a scoreline of 7-6 (6), 6-2 in one hour and 40 minutes. The Croatian won 88 percent of his first serve points in the pairs first ATPHead2Head meeting. The former world number three will next face America’s Tommy Paul, who defeated Benjamin Bonzi 6-4, 7-6 (6).
Battle of the Big Serves 🔥
Epic match on Centre Court with both players not dropping their service games in all three sets it came down to the third set tiebreaker!! Huge win for @TKokkinakis against John Isner 6-7 7-6 7-6 💪#AdelaideTennis pic.twitter.com/PIjksKmTgF
— Adelaide International (@AdelaideTennis) January 12, 2022
Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinaki secured an upset win against America’s hard-hitting John Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(4) in two hours and 45 minutes. It’s the biggest win in ATP Rankings that the wild card has secured since 2018.