Upsets Galore in Australian Open Day 7: Sunday is turning out to be a day of surprises in the 2023 Australian Open with four of the six matches scheduled for the day being upsets.
The biggest stunner came in the women’s side, as 22nd seed Elena Rybakina eliminated World No1 Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-4. The win handed Rybakina, the reigning Wimbledon champion, a ticket to the quarterfinals where she will face 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko, who surprised seventh seed Coco Gauff 7-5, 6-3.
Third seed Jessica Pegula broke the upset in the women’s side as she defeated 2021 French Open champ Barbora Krecjikova 7-5, 6-2. She now awaits the winner of the other last 16 clash featuring two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka and unseeded Zhu Lin of China.
The men’s side also featured surprises, with Sebastian Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open champ Petr Korda, earning his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. The 29th-ranked American edged past No10 Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(10-7). Joining the 22-year-old in the last eight was unseeded Jiri Lehecka, who shocked No6 Felix Auger-Aliassime in four sets 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 7-6(3).
No. 18 Karen Khachanov held his own to demolish No. 31 Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0, 6-0, 7-6(4) to secure a clash with Korda for a place in the semifinals. Lehecka awaits the victor of the Stefanos Tsitsipas-Jannik Sinner clash in the last eight.
Upsets Galore in Australian Open Day 7: Week of Shocks
The day’s shockers capped an eventful week in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Early in the Australian Open, men’s singles top seed Rafael Nadal, second-ranked Casper Ruud and women’s No2 Ons Jabeur fell by the wayside and Swiatek’s stunning setback to Rybakina marked the first Grand Slam tournament in the Open era to have the top two seeds in the men’s and women’s division to be eliminated before the quarterfinals. The surprises stunned tennis betting sites who were expecting the four top players to remain at least in the semifinals.
Djokovic, Rublev Still in the Mix
The shocking eliminations open a big chance for No4 seed Novak Djokovic to capture his 10th Australian Open and 22nd Grand Slam title overall. Djokovic, who will face Alex de Minaur for a place in the quarterfinals, defeated Grigor Dimitrov in the third round to move closer to rewriting Australian Open history. A win in this Grand Slam tournament moves him into a tie with Nadal in the all-time list. A victory in the Australian Open will redeem himself from last year’s debacle where he was deported due to his unvaccinated status.
Another netter benefitting in the eliminations is Andrey Rublev. The Russian has moved a step closer in the quarterfinals as he outclassed Dan Evans. The fifth seed next faces Holger Rune for a place in the final four. If he continues his run and wins in the finals, it will be his first-ever Grand Slam tournament win.
There is still a week remaining in the tournament and sports oddsmakers are already having a hard time picking the best pick for the 2023 Australian Open. Djokovic remains as the best bet in the men’s side while Pegula, Caroline Garcia and Aryna Sabalenka remain as the highest-seeded netters in the women’s singles. If upsets continue in the second week, it will be one of the most exciting and unpredictable Australian Open in history.