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  • Chung Hyeon plays his third round match against Alexander Zverev on day six of the 2018 Australian Open (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The first week of the 2018 Australian Open has seen quite a few unpredictable wins and losses, first with underdogs paving a path to glory and then the veterans standing their grounds.
By
Olga Klepova

20 Jan 2018 - 10:26 PM  UPDATED 23 Jan 2018 - 1:34 PM

Overall, these 6 days of the tournament shifted a few spotlights in the tennis world. 

 

1) First Korean man to reach the 4 round at a Grand Slam

Hyeon Chung already made a history by being the first Korean man and third Korean player to progress that far at a Grand Slam championship.

What makes his rise even more exciting is him defeating both Zverevs in this year Australian Open.

The world No.4 Sasha Zverev saw his hopes fade away in the last set of the match as it finished 6-0, while Mischa retired in the second set.

2) Nick’s dreams

A dream came true for Nick Kyrgios when he met his childhood tennis idol on the court of Rod Laver Arena in the third round of the men’s draw.

10 years older than Kyrgios Jo-Wilfired Tsonga was reigning at the tennis courts when, now the Aussie No.1, was doing his baby steps in tennis.

"He as a guy I looked up to as a kid. It was 2008 that I was going to all of his practice sessions with a new ball and got it signed. To get a win against him is a dream come true."

The match where two went neck and neck lasted for 3 hours and 17 minutes with almost jam-packed Rod Laver. 

3) One former winner in the women draw

The match Kerber-Sharapova was destined to be a watershed just because once it was over, only one former winner of the Australian Open remained in the women draw.

And Kerber is the one who goes through to the 4th round and who destroyed Sharapova’s coming back. 6-1, 6-3 sent Maria packing.

‘There are days when you just don’t want to [work], but you push through them and I think those are the days that make you a winner’ - said Maria referring to her morale.

4) Temperature is rising

When the Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza faced the Chinese-Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh it was already quite hot in Melbourne, but it was just about to get hotter.

Hsieh, the world No.82 clinched the victory: 6-7, 6-4.

Was hard to say who was shaken more: the world No.3 by losing the match for the 3 round or Hsieh by defeating the Spaniard. 

"Against a top-10 player sometimes you get nervous before you get into the center court... I said that I try to hang in there" said Hsieh.

Muguruza was not the only top player who fell short to defeat Hsieh.

The Pole Agnieszka Radwanska failed to advance into the fourth round letting Hsieh slide in - 6-2, 7-5.

5) ‘Just happy I made it through’

The Ukrainian Marta Kostyk who came last year here to win the Junior Open, this time repeated Martina Hingis record by fighting through to the 3 round at the age of 15.

It was Kostyuk who kicked out the world No. 27 Peng Chuan from China and then Australian Olivia Rogowska.

Ranking 522 Marta Kostyuk stunned the audience by leaving more experienced players behind. But her fellow player Ukrainian Elina Svitolina crushed the rising star by finishing the match in 59 minutes with 6-2, 6-2.  

6) The longest women’s match

World No.1 Simona Halep and the American Lauren Davis now share a new line in their professional resumes – holding the longest match by a number of games in the Australian Open.

They played 48 games fighting to get through to the 4th round.

Last time it happened on the courts of the AO was in 1996 during the quarterfinal match between the American Chanda Rubin and the Spaniard Arantxa Sanchex Vicario.

But this year the American was defeated 6-2, 2-6, 16-14.

7) No Williams 

We all remember the very first surprise of the championship when the last year runner-up Venus Williams was ousted by the 20-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic.

However, the world No.124 Thai Luksika Kumkhum flipped over Bencic’s luck in the next match 6-1, 6-3.

Kumkhum represented the country once again before curtailing Thailand’s participation in the tournament by losing 3-6, 6-3, 5-7 to Petra Martic.