Australian open day 8

Shuai Zhang forehand at the Australian open day 8
Shuai Zhang hits a forehand at the Australian open day 8 in her match against Madison Keys.

Day 8 at the Australian open is over and Andy Murray made it a magnificent 7. Murray reached his 7th straight Australian open quarter final by beating Bernard Tomic of Australia. On this page you’ll find a summary of the Australian open day 8 and also links to the most important articles on the website of the Australian open.

Zhang beats hobbled Keys
Chinese qualifier Shuai Zhang is into quarters after a win over a injury-affected Madison Keys. The contrast in the emotions of the two women was stark. China’s Zhang, had let go of her racquet and raised her arms in a mixture of triumph, joy and disbelief, through to a major quarterfinal despite having never before this tournament won a grand slam match. Just seconds later, Madison Keys departed the court distraught, almost doubled over in agony and with tears flowing as she hobbled up the steps into the internal corridors of Rod Laver arena. A little over an hour earlier, such a scenario was unfathomable. Keys, the 15th seed, was in full flight in the first set, crushing 11 winners to Zhang’s four and taking it in just 32 minutes. Yet a left leg injury struck early in the second set, and as Keys continued to compete, her mobility decreased and her pain increased. Zhang, who remained focused and committed to her shots as Keys was visibly suffering down the other end of the court, eventually ran out a 3-6 6-3 6-3 victor.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Shuai Zhang still going strong)

Kerber wins all-German battle
Germany’s no.7 seed Angelique Kerber routed her countrywoman Annika Beck in the second set to move into the quarterfinals. Kerber cemented her place in the last eight of the Australian open with a hard-fought 6-4 6-0 victory in an all-German affair against Beck on monday. Despite a lopsided scoreline, it was certainly no easy feat for the world no.7, who was pushed by Beck early on in a competitive display on Rod Laver arena. With both women strong on their returns, it was a classic case of match being played in two contrasting halves.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Kerber passes Beck test at the Australian open day 8)

Konta’s golden run continues
British world no.47 eliminates Ekaterina Makarova to make the final eight for the first time in a major. Johanna Konta has become the first British woman in 32 years to reach the Australian open quarterfinals after overcoming Russian no.21 seed Makarova in over three hours at the Hisense arena, 4-6 6-4 8-6. “Mentally, emotionally, physically, I left it all out here on court.”
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Konta through after gruelling encounter)

Monfils leaps into quarters
Flamboyant Frenchman into the Australian open 2016 quarterfinals after Andrey Kuznetsov test. Gael Monfils has dived head-first into his first Australian open quarterfinal with an entertaining 7-5 3-6 6-3 7-6 victory over unseeded Russian Andrey Kuznetsov on monday. At 3-2 in the second set, the acrobatic Frenchman became airborne as he leaped, racquet-first, to reach a wide forehand at the back of the court. The return missed but the sheer ridiculousness of the attempt embodies everything that endears Monfils to fans around the world. When asked post-match about his decision to momentarily take flight, Monfils said; “It’s like something snaps in my mind. I’m a competitor so when I need to, I just fly.”
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Monfils dives into the quarters at the Australian open)

Murray’s magnificent seven
Andy Murray making the final eight in Melbourne is routine, but monday was anything but. The uncertainty of the unknown is part and parcel of entering any showdown with Bernard Tomic. But the unpredictable Aussie’s game was the least of Andy Murray’s concerns leading into his shot at a seventh straight Australian open quarterfinal on monday night. With his father-in-law, Nigel Sears, cleared to fly back to the United Kingdom after a health scare two days ago, the world no.2 was able to juggle his expectedly fluctuating concentration and a topsy-turvy charge from the 23-year-old Tomic to keep his bid for a third grand slam title alive with a 6-4 6-4 7-6 win.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Murray makes it seven in a row)

Ferrer into quarters after blunting Isner
david Ferrer has made the final eight in Melbourne for sixth time by dismissing world no.10 John Isner. Ferrer continued his relentless march through the Australian open 2016 draw on monday, pasting Isner 6-4 6-4 7-5 at Hisense arena to advance to the quarterfinals. Ferrer is yet to drop a set in Melbourne, and will next line up against the winner of the blockbuster Rod Laver arena clash between Andy Murray and Bernard Tomic.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Ferrer into quarters without losing a set)

Preview of day 9… two words Roger Federer!!!!!

Author: Vincent Bons (© website Australian open) // Photography: Getty Images Sport

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