The 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber lost in three gruelling
sets as Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the quarter-finals for a
third time on Monday.
The 30th seed Pavlyuchenkova won through against the German
6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in 2hrs 37mins to set up a last-eight clash with
Garbine Muguruza in Melbourne.
The 28-year-old Pavlyuchenkova has now reached the
quarter-finals three times in the last four years — but has never got any
further in the Grand Slam.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev ended the hot streak of his close
friend Andrey Rublev of Russia to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals for
the first time on Monday.
The seventh seed broke once in each set for a clinical 6-4,
6-4, 6-4 win in just 1hr 37mins to go into a match-up with Stan Wawrinka, the
powerful Swiss who beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.
Zverev retains his 100 percent record over Rublev, who came
into the match on a 15-match winning run including titles in Doha and Adelaide
earlier this month.