No.5 seed Maria Sakkari beats Veronika Kudermetova 6-4 6-1 to set a fourth-round meeting with Jessica Pegula.
Sakkari took one hour and 12 minutes to beat the Russian No 28 seed and will play USA’s Jessica Pegula, who beat Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 7-6(3) 6-2, in the last-16.
The 26-year-old is yet to drop a set and equals her best ever Australian Open result by reaching the fourth round.“Not dropping a set I guess is quite decent,” she said after the match.“I’m enjoying myself and this crowd. It’s like playing at home so it feels great to be here.
I feel like I have extra strength when I have them with me.“They support me no matter what and I think opponents don’t like it.
But I like it and I really want to thank the Greeks and everyone who is coming out here.
Sakkari faces Pegula 1st her match since their Miami epic, which saw Sakkari save 6 Match Points to win.
In her, after-match interview, Maria is expecting a very tough game next up and as it’s Sunday she wants to see more Greek Australian fans turn up to support her.
Sakkari takes a selfie with her Australian fans