(Melbourne) Belinda Bencic, 10H World Karolina Pliskova (31H) and Donna Vekic (64H) qualified without problems on Saturday for the 8thWe are Australian Open Finals.
Swiss Bencic beat Italian Camila Giorgi, 70,H) 6-2, 7-5 and back in Week 2 of the Australian Major for the first time since 2016 when they failed to advance to the quarter-finals. She reached the semifinals at the US Open in 2019.
In the next round, she will face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (5H) or Belgian Elise Mertens (32H).
Czech Pliskova eliminated Russia’s Varvara Gracheva (97H) 6-4, 6-2. Since the semi-finals in Melbourne in 2019, she hasn’t made it past the third round there. But she did play the 2021 Wimbledon final and the quarter-finals at the US Open in 2021 and 2022.
She will try to climb into the quarters by facing Chinese Shuai Zhang (22H) who defeated American Katie Volinets (113H And the results of the playoffs) 6-3, 6-2.
Croatian Vekic released Spaniard Nuria Barrezas (75H) 6-2, 6-2. She only reached week two in Melbourne once, in 2021, but did not advance to the quarterfinals.
And she will attempt to do so on Monday against Czech Linda Frohvertova (82H) or Marketa Vondrousova (86H).
Vekic has played only one Grand Slam quarterback, at the 2019 US Open.
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