Day of upsets in Adelaide as Aussies shine in the Apple Isle

DAY 3 at the Adelaide International saw a big upset, with qualifier Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova picking up a massive win and defeating tournament fifth seed Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Despite the 48 rank difference between the pair it did not matter as Pavlyuchenkova took the straight sets win 6-3, 6-4.

Despite Pavlyuchenkova serving five more double faults than Haddad Maia, Pavlyuchenkova won more points than the Brazilian off both her first and second serve.

Krejcikova had far more aces to her name in the match, but Kalinskaya had fewer double faults, plus a better first serve percentage.

Pavlyuchenkova moves on to the Round of 16, where she faces the winner of the all Czech clash between Katerina Siniakova and Karolina Pliskova.

“I know [Haddad Maia is] a great fighter, and if you give her a little bit of a chance to come back– and she kind of started to do that in the second set,” Pavlyuchenkova said on court after her win. “So I knew I had to be 200 percent against her, and I’m happy it worked.”

It was not a good day for the seeds but a good one for the qualifiers in Adelaide as fourth seed and world number 10 Barbora Krejcikova was also sent packing, who fell victim to Anna Kalinskaya. Kalinskaya took the match in three sets 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.


Meanwhile in Hobart it was a good day for Aussie Daria Saville, who came from a set down to defeat Anna Blinkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Saville finished with more aces than Blinkova, but Blinkova served less double faults which translated to a higher first serve percentage. However, Saville finished with more first points off her first and second serves, and saved a lot more break points than her opponent.

Saville now moves on to face the winner of Greet Minnen and Sofia Kenin, who take to the court later today.

It was a good day for the seeds too, with tournament third seed Lin Zhu accounting for Italian Lucia Bronzetti in straight sets 7-5, 6-1.

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