Australian Open 2024 results: Mirra Andreeva stages comeback win, Aryna Sabalenka & Coco Gauff progress


Mirra Andreeva in action at the Australian Open
Image caption,Mirra Andreeva is playing in the Australian Open main draw for the first time
Australian Open 2024
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-28 January
Coverage: Commentary every day from 07:00 GMT on Tennis Breakfast on Radio 5 Sports Extra and BBC Sounds, with selected live text commentaries and match reports on the BBC Sport website and app

Teenager Mirra Andreeva saved a match point as she staged a remarkable third-set comeback to reach the Australian Open fourth round.

The Russian, 16, somehow beat France’s Diane Parry 1-6 6-1 7-6 (10-5) despite being 5-1 down in the deciding set and facing a match point on her serve.

Andreeva reeled off five games in a row and served for the match, but Parry broke back to force a tie-break.

However, Andreeva dominated the breaker to secure her place in the next round.

Andreeva, who is making her first Australian Open appearance, also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year.

Earlier, Aryna Sabalenka continued her emphatic title defence with a 52-minute 6-0 6-0 victory over Lesia Tsurenko.

Belarusian second seed Sabalenka has lost just six games in her three matches at Melbourne Park this year.

“Last year Iga [Swiatek] won so many sets 6-0 and one of my goals is trying to get closer to her,” Sabalenka said.

Coco Gauff also advanced on Friday with a 6-0 6-2 win over Alycia Parks.

Sabalenka continues dominant form

Aryna Sabalenka makes a return
Image caption,Aryna Sabalenka reached the semi-finals of all four Grand Slams last season

Sabalenka has enjoyed serene progress in Melbourne so far and has also seen some of her title rivals exit early.

World number one Swiatek’s first two matches have kept her on court for more than five hours, with the Pole having to come back from the brink against Danielle Collins in the second round.

Third seed Elena Rybakina, who Sabalenka beat in last year’s final, was beaten in a record-breaking tie-break in the second round, while fifth seed Jessica Pegula also lost on Thursday.

Sabalenka, by contrast, has spent just under three hours on court and has yet to be truly tested.

She reached the semi-finals of all four majors last year but says she is in even better form this year, saying in her on-court interview that “Aryna 2024” would beat the Sabalenka of last season.

“I think today’s performance was perfection,” she said. “There is always something to improve, you know.

“You just can’t be happy with the level you are at right now so you always have to keep moving, keep improving.”

She could face a tougher test against Anisimova, who is playing her first major since taking a seven-month break for her mental health, and beat former world number two Paula Badosa 7-5 6-4.

Sabalenka could potentially meet Gauff, who beat her in the New York final last year, in the semi-finals.

Gauff has also yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament and was equally dominant against American compatriot Parks on Friday.

She will face either Poland’s Magdalena Frech or Russian qualifier Anastasia Zakharova next, while Sabalenka will play Amanda Anisimova.

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