Iga Swiatek1 in the world and top seed, she beat qualifier Cristina Bucsa in 55 minutes in a 6-0, 6-1 win at Margaret Court Arena.

Bucsa, ranked 100th in the WTA, had beaten former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the second round but was completely overwhelmed by Swiatek’s constant shots in their first meeting against a top 10 player. .

Swiatek said afterwards that she is working on being more consistent and that she will need that attribute because her next opponent is Elena Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion.

Rybakina defeated 13th seed Danielle Collins 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open in a first meeting between two reigning Grand Slam champions since Ashleigh Barty defeated Barbora Krejcikova in 2021.

Coco Gauff, 18, advanced to the round of 16 of the Australian Open by defeating Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-2 in the third round. It was another confident performance from the 2022 French Open finalist, who has stated that she approaches the pressures and rigors of elite sport with a laid-back attitude, as tennis is not a life-and-death situation.

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Speaking on court after her win over Pena that lasted one hour and 34 minutes, Gauff said: “I’m really not that nervous when I play.

“It’s just a tennis match, it’s not like I’m here fighting for my life, I’m just here playing tennis. It’s a tennis match, it’s just a game, the worst that can happen is I lose and try again.”

Gauff’s best in Melbourne has been the fourth round and she will be looking for a first quarterfinal when she meets 17th seed Jelena Ostapenko. Ostapenko defeated the challenge of Kateryna Baindl 6-3 6-0.

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