Coco Gauff one of five Americans through to quarter-finals in Adelaide

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Coco Gauff battled to a three-set win against Marta Kostyuk  (Getty Images)
Coco Gauff battled to a three-set win against Marta Kostyuk (Getty Images)

Coco Gauff battled to a three-set victory over Marta Kostyuk to reach the quarter-finals on a day of American success at the Adelaide International 2 WTA tournament.

Gauff is joined by four other compatriots in the last eight of the Australian Open tune-up event, with Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Lauren Davis all winning on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old had pushed world number one Ashleigh Barty close in a second round Adelaide meeting last week and began well against the unseeded Kostyuk, taking the first set 6-3.

The Ukranian hit back to level proceedings, letting several set points slip at 5-3 in the second set but eventually sealing it 7-5 to force Gauff to a decider.

But Gauff, the third seed, broke in the seventh game of the third to take an eventual 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win.

It tees up a meeting with Ana Konjuh of Croatia for a place in the semi-final.

Should Gauff beat Konjuh, she could face 2017 US Open finalist Keys in the last four.

Keys showed strong form in dispatching Tereza Martincova (6-1, 6-3), while Brengle was also a convincing victor in straight sets against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson (6-3, 6-2).

Seeds one and two at the second of two events in the South Australian city were Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina, who both made first-round exits in a blow to their hopes of Australian Open contention.

In the men’s event, Thanasi Kokkinakis overcame a typically forthright serving performance from John Isner to reach the quarter-finals of his home tournament.

The towering Isner slammed 23 aces in a three-set match decided by a triplet of tie-breaks, with Kokkinakis coming from behind to knock out the second seed, 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(4).

Fellow Australian Aleksandar Vukic will be his next opponent, while Karen Khachanov and Marin Cilic are also through.

The Australian Open begins on Monday 17 January.

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