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Australia Open Day Five : keep going and keep winning

NEW Aussie tennis queen Daria Gavrilova has described her epic third-round victory as the best of her career.
The former Russian, who became an Australian citizen in December, took just under three hours to overwhelm French 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 4-6 11-9.
In one of the matches of the tournament, the 166cm pocket dynamo, who has drawn comparisons to Lleyton Hewitt with her guts and determination, had to display all of that - and some - to progress to the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.
Another big name awaits her there in Spain’s 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who got an easy ride through after Russia’s Elizaveta Kulichkova retired hurt early in the second set, down 4-6 0-2.
Gavrilova, or Dasha as she’s known, did it the hard way in an epic 96-minute third set after blowing a golden opportunity when she was broken when serving for the match at 5-4.

SWISS teen Belinda Bencic has been thrust into the global spotlight at a young age, but she is adamant she can handle the pressure.
The 18-year-old, coached by Melanie Molitor, mother of Martina Hingis, moved into the fourth round on Friday, coming from a set down in a gritty 4-6 6-2 6-4 fightback over the Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko.

Since bursting onto the scene in her professional debut one week after her 14th birthday in 2011, she has raced through the rankings from 1059 to world No.14, winning tournaments in Eastbourne and Canada last year, even ­defeating Serena Williams along the way in Toronto.
And Bencic’s star will shine even brighter if she can upset world No.5 Maria Sharapova on Sunday.
MARIA Sharapova doesn’t obsess over facts and figures, but some matter more than others.
Take, for instance, the Russian’s 600th win — a rollercoaster 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-0 Australian Open third-round success over American Lauren Davis on Friday.
Advancing to an intriguing encounter with Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic, the 2008 Melbourne Park champion insists age is merely a number.
Williams, on the hunt for a seventh Australian Open trophy, ruthlessly dispatched the 18-year-old — already ranked 69 at WTA level — 6-1 6-1 in a breezy 45 minutes to make round four.
The world No. 1 hit six aces among her 27 winners against eight unforced errors and conceded just two points on serve.

Women's Seeds: Day Five

  • Maria Sharapova [5] def Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0
  • Belinda Bencic [12] def Kateryna Bondarenko 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
  • Serena Williams [1] def Daria Kasatkina 6-1, 6-1
  • Agnieszka Radwanska [4] def Monia Puig 6-4, 6-0
  • Roberta Vinci [13] def Anna-Lena Friedsam 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

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