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  • Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei celebrates her victory over Poland's Agnieszka Radwaska during their women's singles third round match on day six of the Australian Open (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Three players from Asia stunned the tennis world over the weekend by eliminating higher-ranked players. Youngsters Hyeon Chung from South Korea and Japan´s Noami Osaka reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, while Taipei´s Su-Wei Hsieh followed them, a decade after making it to round four last.
By
Maria Schaller

22 Jan 2018 - 12:14 AM  UPDATED 22 Jan 2018 - 12:37 AM

Three players keep the Asian flags flying at Melbourne Park - with surprise wins in round three respectively.

Claiming an impressive five-sets-victory over world number four, Alexander Zverev, Hyeon Chung became the first Korean player to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open.

He is just the third South Korean to reach this stage at a Grand Slam.

The 21-year-old, who will face six time Melbourne champion Novak Djokovic on Monday, also made the ´Zverev double´, after eliminating Alexander´s brother Mischa in round one. 

"I don´t want to stop here. I want to keep going," Chung says.

The South Korean, who is known for wearing glasses on court, also made a surprise revelation after his win against Zverev: "I always have Chinese food on match days. I don´t like Korean food before the games, because it´s a little heavy."

Back at home, he doesn´t get recognised too often. "Tennis is not that popular." Yet.

Chung is also good friends with Naomi Osaka.

The Japanese, who is based in the US, secured a clear win over local hope Ashley Bartey.

She is known for her aggressive playing style.

"Well, I don't really think I hit that hard, to be honest. I'm always a little bit surprised when people say that because it's not really my intention."

Just like Chung, she has big plans.

"I'm grateful, but I'm, like, I don't want to stop here, if you know what I mean."

But the challenge ahead is a tough one. 

The 20-year-old will meet world number one, Simona Halep, on Monday.

"I feel playing the No. 1 is really an honor. No matter what happens, I'll try my best. I'll just see what happens from there."

Compared to Chung and Osaka, Su-Wei Hsieh is a ´veteran´ of the sport.

She recently turned 32.

After shocking third seed Garbine Muguruza in round two, the Taiwanese also knocked out Agnieszka Radwanska.

It has been a decade since Hsieh last progressed so far in a Grand Slam singles event.  

"I come here every year since I´m 14. And it´s amazing to be back in the fourth round."

Hsieh will now fight it out with 2016 champion Angelique Kerber. 

“I come back to the big court again!” said an excited Hsieh when told she would face Kerber.

But will she continue her sensational run? “I don’t know,” she said. “But I will try.”

The Aussie drought prolongs

It´s been a drought of 41 years since an Australian lifted a singles title at their Home Grand Slam.

Chris O’Neill won the women’s singles in 1977.

High hopes were pinned on Nick Kyrgios, who faught well, but lost to Grigor Dimitrov in four sets last night.

With no Aussie left in the single´s draw, the drought continues...

The favourites keep rolling

As we enter into week two, the big names of the game, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, are still cruising fairly comfortable through the tournament.

´Rafa´, however, was challenged by Diego Schwartzman (Arg) over four hours last night

In the Women´s draw, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova - all ranked in the Top 6 - are still on course.

Germany´s Angelique Kerber, currently number 21, had a convinicing straight-sets-win over Maria Sharapova.