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It was a night of drama on Rod Laver arena. As Ana Ivanovic was playing against Madison Keys, Ivanovic’s coach Nigel Sears collapsed in the stands and was taken to hospital.
The match was suspended as medics treated Sears. A few hundred meters away, Sears’ son-in-law Andy Murray was also on court not knowing what just happened to the father of his wife Kim. Tournament organisers said Sears was breathing, conscious and talking to staff.
As good news on Sears’ health conditions were reported, Murray beat Sousa in four sets while Ivanovic lost to Keys in three sets.
It was a good news day for China’s Shuai Zhang, who sailed past Varvara Lepchenko in just over one hour, dismissing the American 6-1, 6-3.
Number nine seed Karolina Pliskova was ousted by Russian Ekaterina Makarova, while unseeded Barbora Strycova upset world number 3 Garbiñe Muguruza.
Strycova displayed some great tennis in her 6-3, 6-2 dominant performance and will next face two time champion Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka’s only conceded five games in three matches so far.
Britain’s Johanna Konta needed one hour in her 6-2, 6-2 win over of Czech Denisa Allertova. The 24-year-old is the first Brit since Jo Durie in 1987 to make the last 16 in Melbourne.
But she was actually born in Sydney, before moving to the UK with her parents in 2005.
In the men’s draw, it was an all-Queenslander affair for a spot in the fourth round when Bernard Tomic faced John Millman. Tomic ended Millman’s fairytale run at the Open with a clear 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 win.
It’s the third time Tomic’s reached the round of 16 in his career.
David Ferrer and Gael Monfils qualified to the round of 16 with straight sets wins, along with Swiss Stan Wawrinka. Wawrinka progressed with a convincing 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 win over Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic.
The Swiss collected his 400th win on the tour and will next face Milos Raonic, whom he beat in their previous four encounters.
81,094 people attended the Open on Saturday, the highest day/night attendance in the tournament’s history.