Adelaide International 2 delivered some interesting results. Jack Draper, to begin with, has advanced to the quarter-finals where he is likely to have a rematch with Karen Khachanov, who defeated him last week. That is no longer the case following his victory over Tommy Paul, who was unable to meet 6-4 and 6-4 for a different outcome.
The previous season, Draper qualified for three ATP quarterfinals. The year 2023 appears to have begun on a positive note. Khachanov’s appearance, or rather his reappearance, is contingent upon his victory against Marc-Andrea Huesler. Fans anticipate a spectacular redemption in the following stage till then.
Jack broke four times in the opening fixture with Lorenzo Sonego. So, this week has been his return to action, considering he registered the conversion of three of five breaks versus Tommy Paul. The most recent stat also speaks for itself, bringing ten aces and winning 88% of first-serve points.
Alejandro Fokina played against John Millman for the win, with the scoreboard showing 6-3 and 6-3. Millman is the home favorite, and the loss comes as a shot for the fans who are betting on tennis this tournament. The next fixture carries the potential for a surprise. Fokina could either face Roberto Agut or Robin Haase.
Petra Kvitova reaches the quarterfinals. The two-time Wimbledon winner advanced after the Chinese champion, Qinwen Zheng, had to pull out, citing leg problems as the reason. It was a call that should not have been missed, despite the situation tilting more toward Petra.
Kvitova bounced back from a 3-5 deficit to break when Zheng served the set at 6-5. The game went to a tiebreaker, where Kvitova was down 3-6. The equation changed, and the Czech Republic player scored 5 more points. “I wish her all the best for the Australian Open,” said Kvitova, who wished the match had not ended the way it did.
Petra comes off consecutive victories to next face either Barbora Krejcikova or Daria Kasatkina. Her straight-set victories over Laura Siegmund and Jessica Pegula go down as some of the best moments in the sport.
As per the recent sports news, Danielle Collins defeated Jil Teichmann to reach the quarterfinals with wins of 6-3 and 7-6 (7-2). The American star made it to the final round of the Australian Open in 2022. She is now eyeing a similar performance in the ongoing contest.
John Millman now faces a greater challenge to qualify for the Australian Open as Fokina advances to the lead. Millman has a ranking of 132. After defeating the world’s 38th-ranked tennis player, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, he embarked on a difficult road.
Kvitova aims to carry the momentum into the next round. It started with the win against Elena Rybakina, who is the reigning Wimbledon champion. Kvitova has achieved a ranking as high as number two. The sixteenth position will not impact her spirit.