AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Wozniacki back from the brink, Kostyuk makes history

AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Wozniacki back from the brink, Kostyuk makes history

She has now a 6-4 win-loss record in second matches at Grand Slam events, including 1-2 in Melbourne. "She was playing really well", Wozniacki said.

Then everything seemed on the point of collapse as the 27-year-old stood on the brink of defeat at 5-1 down in the third set and 40-15 on 119th-ranked Jana Fett's serve.

Wozniacki is viewed as a real contender for the title in Melbourne Park with Serena Williams absent but only narrowly avoided a huge shock on Rod Laver Arena.

The five-time major victor recovered from an early break in the second set and closed out her 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria with an ace. "I did a big fight today", he said.

She had to save two match points at 5-1 down in the third set before digging deep and going on a run of six consecutive games to take the win.

There, Shapovalov led 5-3, and was serving for the set, but Tsonga stormed back, breaking Shapovalov twice to seal the hard-fought win, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 7-5.

The topic of grunting is back in the headlines after 19-year-old Belarusian Arnya Sabalenka found herself mercilessly mocked by the Australian Open crowd during her match against local favourite Ash Barty on Tuesday. She sealed that set with a third break of serve, converting on three of her four break point opportunities. Ukrainian women went 3-for-3 in second round matches on Wednesday afternoon, with Kateryna Bondarenko and 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk, Svitolina's next opponent, also advancing. It's great to know I have that wonderful support. "Next time when I have to play in these conditions, I have to be a little bit more ready than what I did today". Just didn't play a good game on my serve. "So I can say that I'm working pretty hard".

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French Open champion and seventh seed Jelena Ostapenko also progressed, but she too needed three sets to get past China's Duan Yingying 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The youngster is managed by former player Ivan Ljubicic, Roger Federer's coach, and said she was pleased to have such experience in her corner.

"Then I felt her tighten up just slightly". Pablo Carreno Busta, the 10th seed, bested Gilles Simon when the latter had to retire in the second set.

The comeback of the day on the men's side of the draw had 15 seed and 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from 2-5 down in the final set to beat up-and-coming Canadian Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 to reach the third round.

But Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist past year, became the latest seed to slump out in the women's draw, which has been shorn of leading names over the first two rounds.

Belinda Bencic had a letdown two days after upsetting Venus Williams, losing 6-1, 6-3 to Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.

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