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Australian Open: Gauff extends winning streak to 8; meets Ostapenko next

Coco Gauff won against Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-2 on Friday and has yet to drop a set in 8 wins in 2023

Coco Gauff at the 2023 Australian Open Coco Gauff of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Bernarda Pera of the U.S. at the 2023 Australian Open Image Credit: AI/Reuters/Panoramic
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Seventh seed Coco Gauff defeated Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Friday.

The 18-year-old American has yet to drop a set this fortnight, having also beaten Czech Katerina Siniakova (6-1, 6-4) and Emma Raducanu (6-3, 7-6 (4)) in straight sets in her first two rounds.

This is the second time in four main appearances at the Australian Open that she has reached the fourth round – the first one coming in her debut in 2020.

The American, who won the title in Auckland earlier this month, has now won eight matches in a row, without dropping a set.

She will aim to make that nine wins and 18 sets in a row when she takes on 17th seed Jelena Ostapenko next. The Latvian defeated Ukraine’s Kateryna Baindl 6-3, 6-0 in another third round encounter on Friday.

“I definitely feel like every match, I don’t know, I feel like I’m approaching it with importance. Yeah, obviously the last match definitely was hyped up from the outside. But on the inside for me felt really calm. I approached it as I did every other match. Same with today. But I definitely feel like my draw here is not, like, other than Emma, hadn’t had any, like, huge names, where I feel like tournaments in the past I’ve had. I wouldn’t say more relaxed, but not so much outside pressure.”

Australian Open (Grand Slam), other third-round results (Melbourne Park, hard, USD 24,297,942, most recent results first):

  • Magda Linette vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova
  • Laura Siegemund vs. Caroline Garcia
  • Linda Fruhvirtova vs. Marketa Vondrousova
  • Aryna Sabalenka vs. Elise Mertens
  • Shuai Zhang vs. Katie Volynets
  • Camila Giorgi vs. Belinda Bencic
  • Nuria Parrizas Diaz vs. Donna Vekic
  • Varvara Gracheva vs. Karolina Pliskova
  • Lin Zhu vs. Maria Sakkari
  • Madison Keys vs. Victoria Azarenka
  • Iga Swiatek vs. Cristina Bucsa
  • Jessica Pegula (3) beat Marta Kostyuk: 6-0, 6-2
  • Elena Rybakina (22) beat Danielle Collins (13): 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
  • Barbora Krejcikova (20) beat Anhelina Kalinina: 6-2, 6-3
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