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Ashleigh Barty is three wins away from ending Australia’s long wait for a home singles champion after beating Amanda Anisimova in the fourth round.
Victoria Azarenka’s defeat by Barbora Krejcikova means there is guaranteed to be a new champion, with Madison Keys and Jessica Pegula also making it through.
Picture of the day
Stat of the day
Breaking new ground
Two historic milestones in the #AusOpen juniors today:
🇮🇷 Meshkatolzahra Safi became the 1st girl from Iran to win a Grand Slam juniors match.
🇰🇪 Angella Okutoyi became the 1st girl from Kenya to win a Grand Slam juniors match. pic.twitter.com/8gQhcG5Yb3
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) January 23, 2022
— Alfie Hewett (@alfiehewett6) January 23, 2022
It was a good first day of action for British players in the wheelchair events at Melbourne Park, with Gordon Reid beaten but quarter-final victories for Alfie Hewett, Andy Lapthorne and Lucy Shuker.
Women: Maria Sakkari (5), Paula Badosa (8), Victoria Azarenka (24)Men: Alexander Zverev (3), Pablo Carreno Busta (19)
Who’s up next?
Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on American Taylor Fritz as the fourth round concludes on Monday.
Another American, Maxime Cressy, will try to cause trouble for title favourite Daniil Medvedev while Alex De Minaur carries Australian hopes against Jannik Sinner.
In the women’s draw, second seed Aryna Sabalenka meets perennial giant killer Kaia Kanepi, and Simona Halep and Iga Swiatek are also in action.