Petra Kvitova endured an Australian Open third round elimination on Saturday. The Czech was defeated by American Madison Keys 6-4, 7-5 in 84 minutes. World number one Serena Williams needed three sets to see off Elina Svitolina.
Williams is through to the fourth round following a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 beating of the Ukrainian at the Rod Laver Arena. The American committed 28 errors, whereas Svitolina made just 21 in 99 minutes on court. The Ukrainian will rue seven double faults and a lowly 32% of points won on her second serve.
Sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska had a far smoother passage into the fourth round in Melbourne. The Pole punished Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 before a more competitive 7-5 second set victory. The American committed 37 unforced errors, 23 of which were in the second stanza, as she succumbed.
It was a bad day for South Africa as the country suffered a double blow. Firstly Chani Scheepers was ousted from the women’s doubles in the second round with her partner, Zarina Diyas. Scheepers and the Kazakh were beaten 7-6, 6-2 by German duo Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.
While in the junior girls tournament also started on Saturday but it was not good news for the Katie Poluta. The 17-year old went down 6-4, 6-3 in 66 minutes to India’s Pranjala Yadlapalli in the first round.