HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day eight
Highlights of the eighth day of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Monday, all times local (GMT +11): 1656 CORNET DOWNS HALEP TO REACH QUARTER-FINALS Unseeded Alize Cornet, making her 63rd main draw appearance at a Grand Slam, reached the quarter-finals for the first time with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win over 2018 Australian Open runner-up Simona Halep in a gruelling contest on Rod Laver Arena.
Unseeded Alize Cornet, making her 63rd main draw appearance at a Grand Slam, reached the quarter-finals for the first time with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win over 2018 Australian Open runner-up Simona Halep in a grueling contest on Rod Laver Arena. Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn had held the record for the most appearances before reaching the last eight at a major, achieving the feat on her 45th at Wimbledon in 2008.
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1405 COLLINS FIGHTS BACK TO DOWN MERTENS Danielle Collins rallied from a set down to beat 19th seed Elise Mertens 4-6 6-4 6-4 and become the third American woman to reach the last eight, joining Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys.
Collins secured the win on her third match point when a tired Mertens double-faulted. 1115 PLAY UNDERWAY ON DAY EIGHT
Play got underway on as scheduled day eight of the championships. Danielle Collins and Elise Mertens were first up on Rod Laver Arena for their fourth-round tie. Another warm day at Melbourne Park was in prospect with temperatures already approaching 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and forecast to hit a high of 34.
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