Day 5 at the Australian open has passed and unfortunately Nick Kyrgios wasn’t able to trouble Tomáš Berdych, losing in 4 sets. Former U.S. open champion Marin Cilic also stumbled out of the Australian open on day 5. Maria Sharapova powered her way into the 4th round just like Serena Williams and other players. On this page you’ll find a summary of the Australian open day 5 and also links to the most important articles on the website of the Australian open.
Sharapova survives speed bump
Maria Sharapova lost her first set at the Australian open 2016, but the no.5 seed regained her rhythm to reach a milestone triumph. Sharapova fought off a mid-match funk to overpower American Lauren Davis at Rod Laver arena on friday, winning 6-1 6-7 6-0 to mark her 600th career victory. After allowing her opponent back into the match when her game went significantly awry, the no.5 seed was called upon to dig deep before eventually dismissing the world no.103 with a sublime display in the final set.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Sharapova through in 3 sets)
Serena in cruise control
World no.1 Serena Williams dominated Daria Kasatkina to easily progress into the round of 16. Short and sweet was the only fitting description for her’ 6-1 6-1 romp against 18-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina on friday night at the Australian open 2016. The match was short, just 44 minutes in fact and yes, Williams was sweet enough to share an encouraging word with the youngster at the net, before paying tribute to her in the post-match address on court.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Impressive Williams into 4th round)
Vinci makes early exit
U.S. open 2015 finalist Roberta Vinci was stunned by world no.82 Anna-Lena Friedsam after winning the first set to love. The no.13 seed from Italy tumbled out of the Australian open in a shock third-round, losing to the unseeded player from Germany. Last year’s U.S. open finalist looked to be on her way to the round of 16 after sweeping the first set 6-0 but her lower ranked opponent fought back in impressive fashion.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Vinci out after shock defeat)
Nishikori passes Spanish test
Japan’s no.7 seed Kei Nishikori fought through 4 tough sets to book his place in the fourth round. With his win, former grand slam finalist Nishikori booked a “Jo-Wilfried Tsonga blockbuster fourth-round” showdown after Tsonga also posted a victory under the roof at the Australian open on friday. Nishikori shook off a wrist niggle and free-swinging Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-4 under the roof on Margaret Court arena while Tsonga was tested against compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert over at Hisense arena.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Nishikori and Tsonga on collision course)
Berdych keeps his cool to top Kyrgios
Tomáš Berdych remained rock-solid as the Nick Kyrgios rollercoaster rode up, down, and out of the Australian open. Ringmaster, magician, lion tamer, comedian and clown – Kyrgios played each role with gusto during friday’s prime-time slot under a blood red sky at Rod Laver arena. But it was Tomas Berdych who brought down the big top, marching on to the fourth round after a night of hard hitting and histrionics across the net. “It’s a circus,” Kyrgios announced late in the second set, driven to distraction by music coming from somewhere within, or possibly beyond, Melbourne park.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Kyrgios circus over for another year)
Cilic stumbles to exit
Marin Cilic the U.S. open 2014 champion continued his (recent) barren run in Australia, being beaten by Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets. A mini-upset occurred at Melbourne park on friday night, with the 24th seed upending no.12 seed Cilic in the third round. Cilic was far too error-prone to contend with the focused, determined Spaniard, Bautista Agut wrapping up a 6-4 7-6 7-5 victory in two hours and 35 minutes.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Bautista Agut carries on)
Preview of day 6… two words Ana Ivanovic!!!!!
Author: Vincent Bons (© website Australian open) // Photography: Getty Images Sport
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