Laura Siegemund was the last German pro to be eliminated in singles action at the Australian Open. Andreas Mies reached the round of 16 in doubles alongside John Peers. The big favorite Novak Djokovic is also further away.
Laura Siegemund missed her first round of 16 at the Australian Open despite a big fight. The 34-year-old from Metzingen lost on Saturday (January 21, 2023, local time) 6:1, 3:6, 3:6 to France’s fourth seed Caroline Garcia.
Rittner on Siegemund: “Impressive performances”
“It was an impressive performance from Laura, hats off. She played one of the best hard-court games I’ve ever seen.”said national coach Barbara Rittner, who is a commentator at Eurosport: “She should urgently consider whether she shouldn’t play singles a bit more, because it was really fun.“
Siegemund, world number 158, has mainly focused his tournament planning on doubles since his serious knee injury. There she was eliminated in Melbourne on Friday along with Belgian partner Kirsten Flipkens in the first round.
Siegemund played boldly against the winner of last year’s WTA Finals from the start. In the second round, she had already surprised the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, now she wanted to continue against Garcia, but in the end she had to recognize the class of her opponent. Siegemund’s biggest success at Grand Slam level remains the 2020 quarter-finals in Paris. In Melbourne, she had also reached the third round on her debut seven years ago.
Individual Round of 16 in Melbourne without the Germans
After the end of Siegemund, the Round of 16 in Melbourne will be held in both individual competitions without German professionals for the first time since 2010. In Melbourne, a total of ten German professionals have started in the main draw. Only Olympic champion Alexander Zverev had reached the second round alongside Siegemund, but then fell short due to American Michael Mmoh.
Bencic in the round of 16
On the women’s side, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic reached the round of 16. The 25-year-old Swiss beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6:2, 7:5 to keep her chance for her maiden Grand Slam title alive. In 2019, Bencic reached the semi-finals of a major at the US Open, in Melbourne, she did not go past the round of 16.
Mies back in the double round of 16, Krawietz took a break
Doubles specialist Andreas Mies has once again reached the round of 16 in Melbourne. Mies, 32, from Cologne won with Australian John Peers against Andre Göransson/Marc-Andrea Hüsler (Sweden/Switzerland) 6:4, 7:6 (7:5). Mies and Peers meet the two Australians Alex Bolt/Luke Saville in the round of 16.
Mies is the last remaining German professional in the doubles competition. Mies had already reached the round of 16 last year. At that time, he was still playing with Kevin Krawietz, with whom he won Roland-Garros in 2019 and 2020. At the end of last season, the two announced their separation. Krawietz from Coburg will play in future with Tim Pütz from Frankfurt, with whom he is also forming a Davis Cup team. Krawietz had decided not to debut at the Australian Open due to the impending birth of her first child.
Djokovic in the round of 16, but apparently beaten
Tournament favorite Novak Djokovic has also reached the round of 16. The Serbian tennis star prevailed in the Rod Laver Arena night session against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7: 6 (9: 7), 6: 3, 6: 4.
However, Djokovic’s fitness continued to be a topic of conversation, with the long-serving number one having to be treated again for left thigh issues. The 35-year-old, obviously in pain, has also fallen on the hard court at one point or another.
Australian Alex de Minaur awaits the next round after an impressive performance against Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi in three sets.
Murray eliminated against Bautista Agut
Andy Murray delivered the next big fight after the five-set marathon against Thanasi Kokkinakis, but after three and a half hours he had to admit defeat against Roberto Bautista Agut 1:6, 7:6, 3:6, 4:6 In the second round, the Scot was on the pitch for five hours and 45 minutes in the win over Kokkinakis on Friday night and converted match point at 4.05am local time.
The young star Rune in the round of 16
Young Danish star Holger Rune continues to impress in Melbourne. The 19-year-old Dane qualified for the round of 16 without dropping a set. Rune won 6:4, 6:2, 7:6 (7:5) against Frenchman Ugo Humbert and is now tackling a tough duel with Andrei Rublew. The Russian knocked out England’s Daniel Evans 6:4, 6:2, 6:3. Rune first caused a stir at Grand Slam level last year at Roland Garros when he reached the quarter-finals . The world number ten won three titles last year, including the ATP tournament in Munich.
Rune, seeded ninth in Melbourne, had a shock moment despite the sovereign victory: at the start of the second set in the John Cain Arena, he slightly twisted his ankle and fell on his wrist, but did not is obviously not seriously injured in the fall. The 19-year-old is the youngest player to reach the Australian Open Round of 16 since 2012.
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