Coco Gauff one of five Americans through to quarter-finals in Adelaide

Gauff will be joined in the last eight by compatriots Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Lauren Davis

Harry Latham-Coyle
Wednesday 12 January 2022 11:09
<p>Coco Gauff battled to a three-set win against Marta Kostyuk </p>

Coco Gauff battled to a three-set win against Marta Kostyuk

Coco Gauff battled to a three-set victory over Marta Kostyuk to reach the quarter-finals on a day of American success at the Adelaide International 2 WTA tournament.

Gauff is joined by four other compatriots in the last eight of the Australian Open tune-up event, with Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Lauren Davis all winning on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old had pushed world number one Ashleigh Barty close in a second round Adelaide meeting last week and began well against the unseeded Kostyuk, taking the first set 6-3.

The Ukranian hit back to level proceedings, letting several set points slip at 5-3 in the second set but eventually sealing it 7-5 to force Gauff to a decider.

But Gauff, the third seed, broke in the seventh game of the third to take an eventual 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win.

It tees up a meeting with Ana Konjuh of Croatia for a place in the semi-final.

Should Gauff beat Konjuh, she could face 2017 US Open finalist Keys in the last four.

Keys showed strong form in dispatching Tereza Martincova (6-1, 6-3), while Brengle was also a convincing victor in straight sets against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson (6-3, 6-2).

Seeds one and two at the second of two events in the South Australian city were Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina, who both made first-round exits in a blow to their hopes of Australian Open contention.

In the men’s event, Thanasi Kokkinakis overcame a typically forthright serving performance from John Isner to reach the quarter-finals of his home tournament.

The towering Isner slammed 23 aces in a three-set match decided by a triplet of tie-breaks, with Kokkinakis coming from behind to knock out the second seed, 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(4).

Fellow Australian Aleksandar Vukic will be his next opponent, while Karen Khachanov and Marin Cilic are also through.

The Australian Open begins on Monday 17 January.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in