Quarterfinals set for the 2024 Australian Open
January 23, 2024
We now know the eight players left in the men’s draw and women’s draw at the 2024 Australian Open. Quarterfinal action is set to begin Tuesday in Melbourne with four matches (two men’s matches and two women’s matches). There will then be four more matches on Wednesday (two men’s matches and two women’s matches).
In women’s play, the most fascinating matchup is a battle of two major champions. We have the second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus versus the ninth seed Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic. Sabalenka is the 2023 Australian Open champion, while Krejcikova is the 2021 French Open champion.
There are still four unseeded players left. They are Ukrainians Dayana Yastremska and Marta Kostyuk, Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya, and the Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova. While Noskova and Yastremska are playing each other, Kostyuk is facing reigning United States Open champion Coco Gauff of the United States, and Kalinskaya is facing the rising Chinese player, the 12th seed, Qinwen Zheng.
In men’s play, there are eight seeded players left. On Tuesday, 10-time Australian Open and 24-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia is facing Taylor Fritz of the United States. There was a lot of speculation that Djokovic and Fritz would get prime time action in Australia. Instead, they will play during the day. The match under the primetime Tuesday lights is a battle of two top five seeds, the fourth ranked Jannik Sinner of Italy, the 2023 Wimbledon semifinalist, against the fifth ranked Andrey Rublev of Russia. Meanwhile on Wednesday, the third seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia, the 2021 United States Open champion, faces the ninth seed and 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, and the second seed, and reigning Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, faces the sixth seed and 2020 United States Open finalist Alexander Zverev of Germany.
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