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Second seed Jabeur out, Vondrousova books spot in third round vs. Fruhvirtova

Marketa Vondrousova won against Ons Jabeur 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 on Thursday. She’ll face Czech Linda Fruhvirtova in the next round

Ons Jabeur Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 19, 2023 Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reacts during her second round match against Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)
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Czech Marketa Vondrousova beat Tunisian Ons Jabeur, the second seed, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 to reach the third round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

“After the surgery, coming back into the big tournaments… You never know how you’re going to do in a tournament” said Voudrousova, ranked No 86. “I felt good, but the draw was super, super tough.”

“Then also the late matches and everything, you know, it was kind of crazy. So I’m just very happy to get the win. Yeah, just stay alive”.

Vondrousova – Fruhvirtova next

The match started at 1:00 am, and even before Murray – Kokkinakis became completely crazy, the 2019 Roland-Garros runner-up stated that it might be too late for the athletes. “At this level, you have to be ready for every point, I don’t think it’s very healthy” she said. “But it’s night session, so you have to prepare for it. Like, the days before were very crazy. You know, they suspended for the heat and then the rain, so I stayed here, like, for 12 hours. Then I continued the (first round) match yesterday, and now three sets again.

Vondrousova, ranked No 86, will face Czech Linda Fruhvirtova next. “She was with me two times in the Fed Cup team, I knew her quite a lot, but we never played”, she said. “We practiced a few times. She’s a great hitter. I think she’s playing amazing for her age also, so it’s going to be tough match. I think she has nothing to lose.”

In the previous round, the Czech edged out American Alison Riske-Amritraj (5-7, 6-1, 6-4).

Jabeur, ranked No 2, won against Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1) before this early loss, the second in four Slams for the world No2.

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

  • Belinda Bencic (12) beat Claire Liu: 7-6 (3), 6-3
  • Varvara Gracheva beat Lucrezia Stefanini (Q): 6-3, 6-1
  • Caroline Garcia (4) beat Leylah Fernandez: 7-6 (5), 7-5
  • Shuai Zhang (23) beat Petra Martic: 6-3, 6-3
  • Nuria Parrizas Diaz beat Anastasia Potapova: 6-3, 6-2
  • Linda Fruhvirtova beat Kimberly Birrell (WC): 6-3, 6-2
  • Karolina Pliskova (30) beat Yulia Putintseva: 6-0, 7-5
  • Donna Vekic beat Liudmila Samsonova (18): 6-3, 6-0
  • Camila Giorgi beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Q): 6-4, 6-3
  • Laura Siegemund beat Irina-Camelia Begu (27): 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
  • Magda Linette beat Anett Kontaveit (16): 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • Elise Mertens (26) beat Lauren Davis: 6-4, 6-3
  • Aryna Sabalenka (5) beat Shelby Rogers: 6-3, 6-1
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova (19) beat Taylor Townsend (WC): 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Katie Volynets (Q) beat Veronika Kudermetova (9): 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
  • 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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