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The quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open are locked in following the results of day eight of the Grand Slam.
And firmly in the women’s spotlight was 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams, who’s into her 10th successive quarterfinal at the Australian Open.
Williams defeated Czech Barbora Strycova in straight sets (7-5 6-4).
Williams says she was struggling with her serve on court, but managed to overcome it.
The American champion will face Johanna Konta after the Briton defeated Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets (6-1 6-4).
Konta performed brilliantly in trying circumstances on Margaret Court Arena, with the mercury soaring past 35 degrees.
Konta says Williams will be a challenge, but one she believe she can overcome.
Australia’s last local hope Daria Gavrilova is out of the tournament, going down to Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in straight sets (6-3 6-3).
‘Dasher’ was broken in the opening game, and was unable to find much space for winning points throughout the one hour and 12 minutes.
She says she didn’t play as well as she had hoped.
In the men’s contests, Rafael Nadal defeated France’s Gael Monfils in four sets (6-3 6-3 6-4 6-4).
Monfils gained momentum in the third set, but was no match for the Spaniard who showed consistency throughout the contest.
Nadal will face world number three Milos Raonic, who earlier defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets (7-6 3-6 6-4 6-1).
Raonic is the highest seed left in the men’s singles and has been battling a flu for the past week.
Earlier, Belgium’s David Goffin defeated Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets (5-7 7-6 6-2 6-2).
Goffin’s composure was admirable when compared to his Austrian opponent, serving 15 aces and just two double faults.
And wildcard Denis Istomin’s Australian Open run came to an end when he was defeated by 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov in four sets (2-6 7-6 6-2 6-1).
Istomin, who caused a massive upset two rounds ago by defeating Novak Djokovic, was affected by back and leg issues throughout the match.
Dimitrov will now face Goffin in the quarterfinals and says it won’t be an easy task.
The 9th day of the Australian Open will feature the first leg of the quarterfinals, with Misha Zverev – who defeated Andy Murray – take on Roger Federer, and Stan Wawrinka face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
In the women’s contest, Venus Williams will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Coco Vandeweghe will play Garbine Muguruza.