MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Latest news from the sixth day of the Australian Open on Saturday (all times GMT):
0328 RAONIC ROLLS ON
Canadian Milos Raonic motored into the fourth round with a dominant 6-2 6-3 6-4 over Serbian Viktor Troicki at Margaret Court Arena. The big-serving 13th seed dedicated his win to the community of La Loche, a remote Canadian town which was rocked on Friday by a school shooting that killed four people. (Read details http://in.reuters.com/article/tennis-open-raonic-idINKCN0V103X)
0253 AZARENKA PREDICTS GREAT THINGS FOR OSAKA
“She was unpredictable and she surprised me with her game. She looks like she will have a great future and I can’t wait for to see her in more grand slams.”
0248 AZARENKA WASTES LITTLE TIME TO BEAT OSAKA
Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka continued her march through a relatively easy side of the draw with a 6-1 6-1 victory over rising Japanese player Naomi Osaka. The Belarusian needed just 56 minutes to defeat the teenager on Rod Laver Arena and will now meet Barbora Strycova in the fourth round.
0226 BECK BEATS SIEGEMUND
German Annika Beck makes her first grand slam fourth round with a 6-0 6-4 victory over compatriot Laura Siegemund.
0128 MUGURUZA BUNDLED OUT BY STRYCOVA
Third seed Garbine Muguruza became the 22nd seeded player in the women’s draw to be bundled out of the tournament, losing 6-3 6-2 to Czech veteran Barbora Strycova in 76 minutes. (Read details http://in.reuters.com/article/tennis-open-muguruza-idINKCN0V103V)
0121 MAKAROVA BEATS PLISKOVA AGAIN
Ekaterina Makarova defeats ninth-seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-2, repeating her victory of last year when she knocked the Czech out in the third round before making the semi-finals, where she lost to Russian compatriot Maria Sharapova.
0119 KONTA USING CROWD AND ADRENALINE TO FUEL RUN
“It was not easy out here today. She is an incredibly tough opponent and I had a tough match against her at the French Open last year. I had to fight for every point.”
“I’m feeling pretty good, it’s amazing what adrenaline does.”
0116 BRITON KONTA THROUGH TO FOURTH ROUND
Johanna Konta becomes the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1987 to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open after a 6-2 6-2 victory over unseeded Czech Denisa Allertova.
0040 OUTER COURTS GET READY FOR PLAY
Players in the main singles draw, doubles and junior tournaments have started to warm-up on the outer courts after the rain cleared. Conditions are expected to remain overcast all day though the drizzle is not forecast to return.
0010 DRIZZLE DELAYS START ON OUTER COURTS
Play got underway as scheduled under cover on the three main showcourts but some early rain delayed the start on the outer courts until at least 0030. The temperature at Melbourne Park was 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit).
0005 ORDER OF PLAY (PREFIX DENOTES SEEDING)
Rod Laver Arena
Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) v 3-Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
14-Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) v Naomi Osaka (Japan)
Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) v 4-Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
From 0800 GMT
15-Madison Keys (U.S.) v 20-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
16-Bernard Tomic (Australia) v John Millman (Australia)
Margaret Court Arena
21-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) v 9-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
13-Milos Raonic (Canada) v 21-Viktor Troicki (Serbia)
7-Angelique Kerber (Germany) v Madison Brengle (U.S.)
From 0800 GMT
32-Joao Sousa (Portugal) v 2-Andy Murray (Britain)
Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) v Shuai Zhang (China)
Johanna Konta (Britain) v Denisa Allertova (Czech Republic)
18-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) v 10-John Isner (U.S.)
23-Gael Monfils (France) v Stephane Robert (France)
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)