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Paula Badosa Ousts ‘Good Friend’ Kostyuk In Australian Open Roller-Coaster

Prior to this year Badosa had never won back-to-back main draw matches at the Grand Slam.



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Eighth seed Paula Badosa said it was ‘nice to have a battle’ on court after fighting her way past Marta Kostyuk in the third round of the Australian Open.


The world No.6 was pushed hard during the lengthy encounter which lasted more than two hours before prevailing 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Badosa broke her opponent seven times but also got broken herself on five occasions. In total she produced 25 winners compared to 42 unforced errors and won 65% of her first service points.

“I was expecting a tough match against her. I know she likes to play big matches. I knew she was going to give a very high level. I’m really happy that I could get through this match,” the Spaniard said afterwards.

Badosa’s roller-coaster encounter saw continuous changes of momentum throughout. In the second set she had a chance to force a tiebreak and potentially close the match out in straight sets but was broken by Kostyuk. Then in the decider she failed to maintain two break advantages before getting a third which was enough to seal victory.

Following the marathon clash there was a warm embrace at the net between the two players who are friends off the court.

I really respect her. We have known each other for a long time. We’re very good friends,” Badosa explained.
“She told me (at the net) that if I keep playing like this, I could have a very good result here.’
“It’s nice to see this kind of relationship after a tough loss for her. It’s very nice, her reaction.”

Prior to this year the 24-year-old had only ever won one main draw match at Melbourne Park. Her breakthrough at the tournament follows what was a career-best 2021 season where she won two WTA tournaments, including the prestigious BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She is now at a career ranking high of sixth in the world, having began last season at 70.

I’m playing well. I’m winning matches. I’m playing on big stages that I always wanted to play, on these courts,” she replied when asked about her rise in the game.

Awaiting Badosa in the last 16 will be Madison Keys who knocked former champion Sofia Kenin out of the tournament earlier this week. Keys, who is a former top 10 player herself, outlasted China’s Wang Qiang 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2).

“She likes to play big, and she likes to play on big stages as well. She’s used to it and she’s playing with confidence,” Badosa said of the American.
“It’s going to be tough. But you’re in the second week (of a Grand Slam), so I’m expecting tough matches now.”

Badosa is currently on an eight-match winning streak following her recent triumph at the Sydney International.

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Australia fights back from losing the first match to reach the Davis Cup final



Australia fought back from losing the first singles match to beat Croatia 2-1 reaching its first Davis Cup in 19 years. 


Alex De Minaur cruised past Marin Cilic 6-2 6-2 in just 44 minutes to send the semifinal to decisive doubles match. Cilic made 10 double faults, as De Minaur broke four times to draw level to 2-2 in his head-to-head matches. De Minaur has improved his Davis Cup hard-court singles record to 10-1 in the Davis Cup. 

“This is what this team is about, that never say-die attitude. I have had a couple of instances when I have been in this position and I feel like my back is against the wall, and there is only a wall to break through, and that’s going forward steam ahead and just going after every single point. My job was to keep us alive, and I am happy to do anything I can do for my country”, said De Minaur. 

Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell came back from one set down to beat Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 6-4. Thompson and Purcell broke twice and never dropped a service game to come back from losing the first-set tie-break. 

The first set went on serve with no breaks of serve en route to the tie-break. Mektic and Pavic earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Thompson and Purcell broke serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead and held serve in the 12th game to force the match to the decider. The Australian team broke again in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and held their next two service games to close out the third set 6-4. 

Australia won its 28th and last title in 2003. 

“I am so proud. Australia has a rich history in this competition. We have been fortunate to win it all on a number of occasions. I know what it meant to me as a player to play a final, and I am glad these guys can play it”, said Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt. 

Australia will face either Italy or Canada in the final. 

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Borna Coric beats Thanasi Kokkinakis to give Croatia a 1-0 lead against Australia in Davis Cup semifinal in Malaga



Borna Coric beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 32 minutes with a break in each set to give Croatia a 1-0 lead over Australia in the first match of the semifinal of the Davis Cup by Rakuten in Malaga. 


Coric hit 19 winners to just 9 unforced errors. 

Kokkinakis saved a break point in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. The Croatian player converted his third break point at deuce in the 10th game to close out the first set 6-4. 

Coric faced the only break point at the second set and earned the only break in the sixth game to seal the win 6-4 6-3. 

“This means a lot to me. I was watching the guys playing Davis Cup when I was injured and doing my rehab. To play for Croatia is an amazing feeling for me. I was turning to my coach in the first set and saying: ‘I don’t know what to do against his serve’, but I started to read it later on, and thankfully I was serving well myself. When I was younger, I did not serve so well and I needed to improve it. After my shoulder injury I did not know whether I would be able to serve again at all, but I did so much work on it that I serve even better now then I used to”, said Coric.

Alex De Minaur will face 2018 Davis Cup champion Marin Cilic. In their previous head-to-head matches Cilic leads 2-1 over De Minaur and beat the Australian player 6-1 5-7 6-4 in the Group Stage of the Davis Cup finals. 

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Bianca Andreescu Reunites With Former Coach Ahead Of New Season 

How will the Grand Slam champion fair on the Tour with her latest mentor?




Former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has brought a familiar face back into her team as she bids to return to her best form in 2023. 


Andreescu, who is currently ranked 45th in the WTA rankings, has appointed Christophe Lambert as her latest coach. Lambert had been working as the performance director at Tennis New Zealand and resigned from that position to work with the former US Open champion. He had also previously worked for Tennis Canada and during that time he was a private coach for Andreescu in 2016. 

“Bianca asked me to coach her and I accepted the job. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Lambert told 

Lambert, who has also spent time working with the Chinese Davis Cup team and for the British LTA, has stayed in contact with Andreescu ever since coaching her six years ago. 

“It wasn’t like every week or every month. It’s always good to have people calling you when you are up, but when she was down I was checking on her and giving her my opinion.” He said. 

Andreescu had been working with Dutch coach Sven Groeneveld for over a year before they decided to end their collaboration in October. Groeneveld has a wealth of experience in the sport after working with a series of top names, including Maria Sharapova. 

This season the former world No.4 has won 20 out of 33 matches played with her best performance being a run to the final of the Bad Homburg Open in Germany. However, her record against top 10 opposition was 2-5.

“I’m just taking it day by day, and it’s a great way to end off the year as well, just bringing back all the emotions that fire a lot in me,” Andreescu recently told reporters in Glasgow at the Billie Jean King Cup. “I think I’m going to have a great preseason. Next year I really think I can crack the top 10 again.”

Andreescu, who has been hampered by injury issues in recent years, hasn’t won a singles title of any sort since 2019. 

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