Australian Open 2023

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Australian Open 2023 Results: Instant Reactions to Sunday's Winners and Losers​

  1. Men's Singles
    No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas def. No. 15 Jannik Sinner, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3
    Jiri Lehecka def. No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3)
    No. 29 Sebastian Korda def. No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7)
    No. 18 Karen Khachanov def. No. 31 Yoshihito Nishioka, 6-0, 6-0, 7-6 (4)

    Women's Singles
    No. 22 Elena Rybakina def. No. 1 Iga Swiatek, 6-4, 6-4
    No. 3 Jessica Pegula def. No. 20 Barbora Krejcikova, 7-5, 6-2
    No. 17 Jelena Ostapenko def. No. 7 Coco Gauff, 7-5, 6-3
    No. 24 Victoria Azarenka def. Zhu Lin, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

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Coco is out, only American woman left is Jessica Pegula!

No. 1 Iga Swiatek is out.
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Australian Open 2023: Rising American Ben Shelton is making a dream run

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Prior to coming to New Zealand and Australia this month, Ben Shelton had never left the United States. Now, his first trip overseas has been extended after he defeated rising Australian Alexei Popyrin in the third round.

"It feels great," Shelton said of making the last 16 of a Slam. "I said on court it was a bit of a pinch-me experience."

Shelton's path to professional tennis began at the U.S. collegiate level, playing for the University of Florida in Gainesville, for the most part under the watchful eye of his father (and Gators coach), Bryan Shelton.

Bryan Shelton was a professional tennis player, winning two ATP titles in Newport in the early '90s after a collegiate career at Georgia Tech. And while Ben initially didn't want to take up tennis and follow in his old man's footsteps, he relented at age 12, picking up a racket and embarking on a journey that would see them reunite in college.

And while it is often the case that talented young Europeans or Australians hit the pro circuits in their teens (you only need to look at the Fruhvirtova sisters in Melbourne this year), professionally, the 20-year-old's career only really started to take off midway through 2022.

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Dog days​

Fallen seeds​

Women: Jessica Pegula (3), Jelena Ostapenko (17)
Men: Sebastian Korda (29)

Australian Open day nine results​

Collated results from Day 9 of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park on Tuesday:

Men’s singles


Karen Khachanov (RUS x18) bt Sebastian Korda (USA x29) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 3-0 ret

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x3) bt Jiri Lehecka (CZE) 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4

Women’s singles


Elena Rybakina (KAZ x22) bt Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x17) 6-2, 6-4

Victoria Azarenka (BLR x24) bt Jessica Pegula (USA x3) 6-4, 6-1

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Australian Open 2023 day 10 AS IT HAPPENED: Rod Laver Arena breaks into song after Novak Djokovic beats Andrey Rublev to reach semi finals


Rod Laver Arena
From 11am

[30] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) def by Magda Linette (POL), 6-3, 7-5

[5] Aryna Sabalenka def Donna Vekic (CRO), 6-3, 6-2

Ben Shelton (USA) def by Tommy Paul (USA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

[5] Andrey Rublev def by [4] Novak Djokovic (SER) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Marc Polmans (AUS) def by Luisa Stefani (BRA)/Rafael Matos (BRA) 6-4, 4-6, 9-11

Margaret Court Arena
[4] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) def by Marta Kostyuk (UKR)/Elena-Gabriela Ruse (ROM), 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-4

Kia Arena
[14] Andreas Mies (GER)/John Peers (AUS) def by [8] Marcel Granollers (SPA) /Horacia Zeballos (ARG), 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2

[1] Wesley Koolhof (NET)/Neal Skupski (GBR) def by Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS), 6-3, 6-1

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Congratulations to Sabalenka

Sabalenka stands tall to win maiden major

Women's singles final

Aryna Sabalenka rallied early in the second set, then didn't look back as she beat Elena Rybakina 4-6 6-3 6-4 in a huge-hitting thriller to earn a long-awaited first Grand Slam title at Australian Open 2023.

Her response from losing the opener impressed further since Sabalenka hadn't dropped a set all season – and played in a maiden Grand Slam final.

Saving a pair of break points with gutsy play to begin the second kickstarted the comeback. Then at the end, Sabalenka saved another break point, converting on her fourth match point.

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Men's final preview: Djokovic, Tsitsipas fight for the right to write history

Stefanos Tsitsipas [3] v Novak Djokovic [4]
Head-to-head: 2-10

The stakes could not be higher for this unmissable showdown between two warriors who have started the 2023 season undefeated.

Beyond laying claim to the year's first Grand Slam and earning $2.975 million in prize money, the victor will also ascend to the world No.1 ranking. This would be another first for Tsitsipas.

Djokovic described the upcoming encounter as "one of the most special matches throughout the year," as one of only four Grand Slam finals.

"I'm really excited and privileged to be in that final against Tsitsipas," said the Serb, whose vocal fans will undoubtedly be out in force on Rod Laver Arena.

"I do want to make more history of this sport, no doubt," he said. "I have professional goals and ambitions -- those are Grand Slams and being No.1 in the world. Those two probably pinnacles of the professional tennis world have always been there as goals for me."

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Relieved, triumphant, grateful: Djokovic juggles maelstrom of emotions

His initials of 'N' and 'D' are fitting for Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Never Defeated in an Australian Open final.

The trend continued at AO 23, but this was unlike any other victory for Djokovic in Melbourne or possibly anywhere else. It was a huge test of mental fortitude and physical stamina.

Djokovic made his return to the Australian Open after missing last year's edition and once landing in Melbourne, didn't know how the left hamstring injury he picked up in a semifinal win over Daniil Medvedev in Adelaide would hold up.

Off court, there were distractions.

So Djokovic's release after completing a 6-3 7-6(4) 7-6(5) win over Stefanos Tsitsipas made complete sense.

More emotional seemingly than ever before after bagging a major – and that says something since he now owns 10 in Australia and 22 total – Djokovic wept as he lay on the ground in the player box.

Surrounding him were, among others, mum Dijana, brother Marko and coach Goran Ivanisevic. The Serb then sobbed into his towel after making his way back to his chair.