No. 1 Ash Barty defeats Marie Bouzkova to make Yarra Valley quarterfinals

No. 1 Ash Barty defeats Marie Bouzkova to make Yarra Valley quarterfinals

In the Gippsland Trophy, the top three seeds all dodged upsets, with two-time grand slam winner Simona Halep, 2019 Australian Open victor Naomi Osaka and 2018 Tour Finals champion Elina Svitolina safely navigating through the last 16.

Kenin was pushed even further by American compatriot Jessica Pegula after finding herself 4-1 down in the second set before prevailing 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 at Yarra Valley to set up a quarter-final match with Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

The world number eight, however, remains on track to end her 15-month absence from the circuit at the Australian Open starting on Feb.8.

Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, who was 7-5 up when Camila Giorgi retired from their match, is also through.

As well as three WTA tournaments, there's the 12-team ATP Cup, featuring top-ranked Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Rafael Nadal and most of the top 10 players, and two other ATP events going on this week.

"I found my groove", Kenin said.

Naomi played her first competitive match of the season and registered a comfortable victory over French tennis player Alize Cornet, winning the match 6-2 6-2 and moving into the next round.

Ash Barty looked like the world No. 1 in the first set, then struggled the rest of the way against No. 52-ranked Marie Bouzkova before completing a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win in an Australian Open tuneup tournament on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Swiss has been out of action since February 2020 and shelved plans in December to compete in the Australian Open, which makes a delayed start next week.

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Osaka plays Katie Boulter in the next round after the British woman knocked out teenage sensation Coco Gauff 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 43 minutes.

Canada was coming off an opening loss to defending champion Serbia.

She didn't mind the extra work.

"Honestly I like playing long matches, just because I can gauge the condition of the court and I feel my fitness gets better", Osaka said.

The remaining schedule for all events in Melbourne is in question after a worker at one of the quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19.

"This Australian Open is very happy for all people living in Melbourne, I think", said Nishimura, who bought tickets especially to see Osaka play and then waited in a small group of fans above the player exit to collect a special memento.

Barty will play Rogers on Thursday afternoon after the American world number 60 scored a 7-6 (1) 6-3 win over Petra Martic.

The second-seeded Osaka will play either fifth-seeded Johana Konta or Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu for a semifinal spot.

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