Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Hsieh Su-wei upsets Radwanska to reach Australian Open final-16

Hsieh Su-wei upsets Radwanska to reach Australian Open final-16

Madison Keys is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after starting Saturday's program on Margaret Court Arena with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ana Bogdan. Bouchard, who beat Halep in the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2014, lasted only 65 minutes.

Tomas Berdych has ended the Australian Open campaign of Juan Martin del Potro, beating the Argentinian 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in a third-round match.

Hsieh refused to miss in the breaker and amazingly only lost one point to capture the first set 7-6 (1).

"It's a warm day".

"I look forward to these matches", 2008 victor Sharapova, ranked 48th after returning from a 15-month ban last April, said.

The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final previous year to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point when Bogdan netted a backhand.

The biggest third-round clash in the women's draw will see former champions Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova go head to head.

Sharapova is playing at Melbourne Park for the first time since her suspension for testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. Federer, chasing his 20th grand slam at the age of 36, came through in just under two hours and has reached the last 16 at Melbourne for the 16th time.

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"I look forward to these matches".

The big match Saturday had the only two women's major champions left in the tournament playing each other - 2008 Australian victor Maria Sharapova vs. 2016 Melbourne Park champion Angelique Kerber. "She's had success playing out here in these conditions on these courts".

Garbine Muguruza, seeded third in the ongoing Australian Open, will not forget her first career encounter with Hsieh Su-wei in a hurry.

Muguruza followed Venus Williams and US Open champion Sloane Stephens out of the tournament in the first week, leaving only Sharapova, Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the draw.

Pilskova set up an all-Czech third-round affair with Lucie Safarova, a 6-2 6-4 victor over Romania's Sorana Cirstea, while Sharapova will play fellow former world No.1 and 2016 Open champion Angelique Kerber or Croat Donna Vekic.

"She's definitely a very tricky opponent", said Muguruza.

"I could have done things better", she said, "but at the end, she deserves to win".

Considered one of the contenders for the title after Serena Williams opted against defending her Australian title, Muguruza had a troubled preparation. It was her 11th win, including the Sydney International title last week. She beat fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round here.

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The crowd sang "Happy Birthday" and gave three hoorays to celebrate Kerber's 30th birthday.

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Sam Querrey was the latest of the leading USA men eliminated when he lost his second-round match 6-4, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2 to 80th-ranked Marton Fucsovics.

Instead, she received only a warning from the match umpire.

"It feels unbelievable", Pera said. I completely hate them. "I was checking the tickets to fly back. I played one of my best games".

Pera will next play No. 20 Barbora Strycova.

After being broken once in the second, he then didn't face another break point for the rest of the match. She won every point on her serve in the first set, holding at love in three games.

No. 5 Dominic Thiem rallied from two sets down to defeat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.

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Top-seeded Simona Halep served for the match four times before prevailing 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 over American Lauren Davis in a marathon match at Rod Laver Arena.

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