“I think it's only fitting that my career finished with a three-setter, a grinder, and that my career would finish on a forehand error. Those are the things I've been working on my whole career,” Caroline Wozniacki piped at the end of her third-round match against Ons Jabeur.
The Tunisian’s 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 win had special connotations for her. But Jabeur’s victory also meant that Wozniacki’s farewell from the tour was here, just as she had announced at the start of the season. During the two-hour-seven-minute match, Wozniacki did all she could to keep playing.
She first equalled the match by winning the second set and then, in the third, overcame a service break to extend the match – and her career. In the end, the two match points she faced in the 12th game of the final set and the forehand error – about which she remarked in her on-court felicitation – closed it out for her.
Her opponent Jabeur, who spoke briefly before letting Wozniacki take centre-stage, shared she was under a little stress knowing what a win would mean for her opponent but added that she tried to move past it. And her doing so meant that Jabeur reached the fourth round of a Major for the first time in her career, in 13 appearances.
Jabeur awaits the 27th seed Qiang Wang in the second week. Ash Barty Halts Elena Rybakina The world no. 1 dropped just five games in her 6-3, 6-2 win over the 29th seed Elena Rybakina. But Barty was made to work hard to put up such an easy-looking victory over her 20-year-old rival.
Barty won 71% of her first-service points to Rybakina’s 52%. The 2019 French Open champion converted five of nine break points she had while saving eight of the 10 break points she faced. Barty hit 28 winners to the Kazakh’s 23 and had just 16 unforced errors to Rybakina’s 30.
On a seven-match winning streak extending to her title run in Adelaide, Barty will play Julia Goerges in the fourth round. In the other results of the day, seventh seed Petra Kvitova defeated the 25th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-1, 6-2 in their third-round match. Photo Credit: Aus Open Twitter