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Winning runs over for Aussies at Melbourne Summer Series


Australian hopes Olivia Gadecki, Kimberly Birrell and Gabriella Da Silva Fick all exit the Phillip Island Trophy in the third round.

Melbourne, Australia, 16 February 2021 | Leigh Rogers

The Melbourne Summer Series has officially come to an end for Australian women in singles competition, with Olivia Gadecki, Kimberly Birrell and Gabriella Da Silva Fick all losing their third-round matches at the Phillip Island Trophy today.

Gadecki created worldwide headlines with her performance at this week’s WTA 250 tournament, which is being run concurrently with the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

The 18-year-old wildcard stunned American world No.4 Sofia Kenin in the second round, becoming the first unranked teenager to defeat a top-10 ranked player in 24 years.

World No.55 Rebecca Peterson ended Gadecki’s winning run, with the No.16-seeded Swede recording a 7-5 6-3 win today.

It was another impressive effort from Gadecki against a more experienced opponent. Peterson’s ability to dictate on Gadecki serve, winning almost 74 per cent of points on the teen’s second serve, proved the difference in their 96-minute match.

World No.19 Petra Martic scored a 6-1 6-3 win against Birrell.

The 22-year-old Birrell had also enjoyed a stellar week, recording her first top-100 win in more than two years with a first-round victory against world No.54 Alize Cornet.

Czech No.13 seed Marie Bouzkova recorded a 6-1 6-1 win against Da Silva Fick.

The 20-year-old Da Silva Fick was a lucky loser in the draw, who yesterday saved match points to defeat world No.92 Aliaksandra Sasnovich. It was her first WTA main draw win and first top-100 victory.

Thirteen Australian women made main draw singles appearances across the four Melbourne Summer Series events, with eight winning at least one match. World No.1 Ash Barty was the best performer, winning four matches to claim the Yarra Valley Classic title.

> READ: The ‘Ash Barty effect’ inspiring Aussie players to new heights

PHILLIP ISLAND TROPHY

TODAY’S RESULTS

Women’s singles, third round
[4] Petra Martic (CRO) d [WC] Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 6-1 6-3
[13] Marie Bouzkova (CZE) d [LL] Gabriella Da Silva Fick (AUS) 6-1 6-1
[16] Rebecca Peterson (SWE) d [WC] Olivia Gadecki (AUS) 7-5 6-3

COMING UP

Women’s doubles, second round
[WC] Kimberly Birrell (AUS)/Olivia Gadecki (AUS) v [7] Makoto Ninomiya (JPN)/Wang Yafan (CHN)
[WC] Gabriella Da Silva Fick (AUS)/Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND) v Petra Martic (CRO)/Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)



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