2023 Australian Open ICYMI: Day 5

AFTER a day of upsets and epics on Thursday, and though a bit more normality returned to Melbourne Park in the day session, there were still plenty of surprises at night.




  • A frustrated Alison Riske-Amritraj had plenty to say to the chair umpire during her doubles match with Czech Linda Fruhvirtova. Approaching the net, she hit a volley which connected with an opponent and she immediately apologised. The chair umpire did not see the ball hit the opponent somehow and called the point against Riske-Amritraj for calling out with her word “sorry”. Despite talking to the court supervisor and pleading her case – as well as mocking the chair umpire – the point stood. Though she would have the last laugh, as her and Fruhvirtova went on to win their first round doubles match.


  • Rybakina has become a fan favourite with her friendly attitude and soft spoken nature, and plenty were thrilled to see her advance past Collins in three sets, 6-2 5-7 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the event. She now takes on top seed Iga Swiatek in her biggest challenge yet, and a battle of the two most recent Grand Slam winners.
  • Young gun Coco Gauff has also never been short of fans on Tour, and she no doubt made a few more, having a laugh at her father’s expense in the post-match courtside interview. Her father – who was involved in her viral TikTok – copped a spray from Gauff for his acting performance in it following her 6-3 6-2 triumph over Bernarda Pera.


  • Given Medvedev’s injury, the title of biggest upset should go to Zhu, who’s three-set win over sixth seed Sakkari in two hours and 33 minutes was simply superb. Ranked 87th in the world, she hit 13 less winners (29-452) but 14 less unforced errors (38-52), and though she actually only broke five times to seven, the last one would come in the crucial third set.


  • It looked for the first two sets like Italian 15th seed Jannik Sinner was in trouble against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, going down 6-4 6-4 in the opening two sets. Then, as if he changed the difficulty mode to easy, the young star flicked a switch and only dropped three games for the rest of the match, storming to victory 6-1 6-2 6-0 in the final three sets.


  • There were quite a few, but the five-set epic between Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz and Canada’s Denis Shapovalov was a key contender. Hurkacz raced out to a two sets to love lead, before Shapovalov pegged him back impressively to force a fifth set. Somehow the Polish 10th seed found a win, earning a crucial deciding set break to triumph in three hours and 37 minutes on Margaret Court Arena, 7-6 6-4 1-6 4-6 6-3.

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