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American qualifier Volynets stuns Kudermetova to reach round 3

Katie Volynets won against Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 on Thursday night and will play the winner of the match between Chinese Shuai Zhang, the No 23 seed, and Croat Petra Martic in the next round

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American qualifier Katie Volynets moved into the third round of the Australian Open by defeating Russian Veronika Kudermetova, the No 9 seed, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 at Melbourne Park on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old Volynets, a Northern California native, had never faced a top-10 player prior to today’s clash with Kudermetova.

“I literally have the chills because the fans here are just incredible,” she said. “I’ve never played in a packed stadium this packed, and that many people keeping the energy up for me, so that’s awesome.

“Suddenly when you get match point it’s like ‘Oh, wow, I have match point against number nine in the world. I was trying to take deep breaths and to keep going for it on the match points and leaving the rest up to whatever’s meant to happen.”Volynets, ranked No 113, will play the winner of the match between Chinese Shuai Zhang, the No 23 seed, and Croat Petra Martic next.

The 21-year-old Volynets won against Russian Evgeniya Rodina (6-3, 6-2) ahead of her victory.

In the previous round, Kudermetova, ranked No 9, beat Belgian Maryna Zanevska (6-2, 7-6 (4)).

Melbourne (Grand Slam), other second-round results (Melbourne Park, hard, USD 24.297.942, most recent results first):

  • Marketa Vondrousova vs. Ons Jabeur
  • Claire Liu vs. Belinda Bencic
  • Nuria Parrizas Diaz vs. Anastasia Potapova
  • Varvara Gracheva vs. Lucrezia Stefanini
  • Kimberly Birrell vs. Linda Fruhvirtova
  • Donna Vekic vs. Liudmila Samsonova
  • Shuai Zhang vs. Petra Martic
  • Yulia Putintseva vs. Karolina Pliskova
  • Leylah Fernandez vs. Caroline Garcia
  • Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Laura Siegemund
  • Anna Karolina Schmiedlova vs. Camila Giorgi
  • Anett Kontaveit vs. Magda Linette
  • Lauren Davis vs. Elise Mertens
  • Aryna Sabalenka (5) beat Shelby Rogers: 6-3, 6-1
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova (19) beat Taylor Townsend (WC): 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Victoria Azarenka (24) beat Nadia Podoroska: 6-1, 6-0
  • Danielle Collins (13) beat Karolina Muchova: 6-7 (1), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
  • Bernarda Pera beat Qinwen Zheng (29): 6-4, 6-4
  • Marta Kostyuk beat Olivia Gadecki (WC): 6-2, 6-1
  • Elena Rybakina (22) beat Kaja Juvan: 6-2, 6-1
  • Coco Gauff (7) beat Emma Raducanu: 6-3, 7-6 (4)
  • Kateryna Baindl beat Catherine McNally: 6-1, 7-6 (4)
  • Madison Keys (10) beat Xinyu Wang: 6-3, 6-2
  • Barbora Krejcikova (20) beat Clara Burel (Q): 6-4, 6-1
  • Cristina Bucsa (Q) beat Bianca Andreescu: 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4
  • Lin Zhu beat Jil Teichmann (32): 6-2, 6-2
  • Jelena Ostapenko (17) beat Anna Bondar: 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-0
  • Anhelina Kalinina beat Petra Kvitova (15): 7-5, 6-4
  • Jessica Pegula (3) beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich: 6-2, 7-6 (5)
  • Maria Sakkari (6) beat Diana Shnaider (Q): 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • Iga Swiatek (1) beat Camila Osorio: 6-2, 6-3
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