Coco Gauff explains victory aimed in Australia

Andreeva counts Jabeur as her idol but was utterly ruthless under the roof on Rod Laver Arena, defeating the sixth seed and two-time Wimbledon finalist 6-0 6-2 in just 54 minutes.

 

Jabeur could only smile in astonishment at some of the shots Andreeva played, while she celebrated like an underdog when she finally won a game at the start of the second set.

 

She was unable to stall Andreeva for long, though, with Andreeva branding it the best match she has played as last year’s girls’ singles final cruised into the last 32.

 

“In the first set I played really amazing tennis, I didn’t expect that from myself,” said the teenager. “I’m happy I played with Ons [Jabeur]. It was one of my dreams to play against her, because I really like the way she plays. It meant a lot, this match that I won.

 

She’s so nice. Now, after the match, she came to me, she wished me lucky. I just know that she is who she is and she never changes.”

 

Sabalenka sees off Fruhvirtova
Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka defeated teenager Brenda Fruhvirtova 6-3 6-2 in just 67 minutes to ease into the third round.

Fruhvirtova was not overawed and matched the second seed until 3-3 in the first set, when Sabalenka put together a run of seven games in a row.

 

The world No 107 earned cheers from the Laver crowd for stopping the rot thereafter, with a couple of searing winners showing that this was unlikely to be her only chance on the big stage.

 

“I think for someone who is 16, she’s doing an incredible job,” Sabalenka said. “I wish I was at that level at that age. She’s an unbelievable player, if she keeps on working she’ll be at the top real soon.

I’m super happy with the win. I was focused on myself, not on anything else and I just tried to fight for every point.”