Australian Open preview: No. 1 Sveontek takes on Rybakina

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A GLANCE ON SUNDAY

Igo Sveontek will face Wimbledon champion Alena Rybakina for a place in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Svyontek is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament, while Rybakina was beaten by last year’s runner-up Danielle Collins to advance to the fourth round. Sveontek is trying to win his fourth Grand Slam title and his first in Melbourne. Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and 15th-seeded Yannick Siner play each other in a repeat of the quarterfinal that Tsitsipas won a year ago. Felix Auger-Aliasim plays Jiri Lehecka, while American Sebastian Korda looks to follow up his upset win over Daniil Medvedev as he plays Hubert Gurkac.

FORECAST FOR SUNDAY

Mostly cloudy. A high temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius)

SATURDAY’S MAIN RESULTS

Women’s third round: No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka beat No. 26 Elise Mertens — 6-2, 6-3; No. 12 Belinda Bencic beat Camila Giorgi 6-2, 7-5; No. 23 Zhang Shuai beat Katie Wolynets 6-3, 6-2; Karolina Plishkova under No. 30 won against Varvara Grachova with a score of 6:4, 6:2.

Men’s third round: No. 5 Andrei Rublev defeated No. 25 Dan Evans 6-4, 6-2, 6-3; No. 9 Holger Roon defeated Hugo Humbert 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (5); JJ Wolf defeated Michael Mmoh 6-4, 6-1, 6-2; Tommy Paul defeated Jenson Brooksby 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

STATE OF THE DAY

200 — The third-round match between Tommy Paul and Jenson Brooksby became the 200th All-American singles match in Australian Open history. Pavel won.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“He helped me with energy” – Andrei Rublev believes that his opponent Dan Evans encouraged him by offering him to eat a banana during the third round match.

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