World number one Iga Swiatek and in-form Third Seed Jessica Pegula advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with swift straight-sets wins.
While Swiatek ended the run of Spain's Cristina Bucsa in the third round with a 6-0, 6-1 victory, Pegula blitzed past Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk 6-0, 6-2 in a 65-minute romp.
Poland's Swiatek never faced a break point as she hit eight winners to just three unforced errors in the match.
Victory for the three-time Grand Slam champion means that she has now reached the second week at nine of the last 10 Grand Slams.
This is scary stuff from Swiatek ?@iga_swiatek • @wwos • @espn • @Eurosport • @wowowtennis • #AusOpen • #AO2023 pic.twitter.com/HLes1KKw5E— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2023
Pegula had a tighter match inside the Margaret Court Arena than the scoreline suggested.
In the first set, four of the six games all extended to multiple deuces before she saved five break points in the game to lead 4-0.
The great wall of Pegula ?@JLPegula • @wwos • @espn • @Eurosport • @wowowtennis • #AusOpen • #AO2023 pic.twitter.com/rllXLjOVPh— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2023
It was more of the same in the second set as the American raced out to a 4-1 lead before Kostyuk got a break back, though the Ukrainian failed to convert two break points in the final game.
Pegula's victory means that the number three seed has only lost just 11 games in six sets in three matches thus far.
Up next, reigning French and US Open champion Swiatek will meet Rybakina, a challenging opponent she knows pretty well, whereas Pegula will face 2021 French Open singles champion Barbora Krejcikova for a place in the quarter-finals.
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