Australian Open: Simona Halep tests her powers of recovery in Naomi Osaka clash
Simona Halep’s powers of recovery might be put to the take a look at on day eight of the Australian Open on Monday when the world primary meets Japan’s Naomi Osaka in a difficult fourth spherical clash.
Two days after spending three hours and 45 minutes to get previous American Lauren Davis in the third spherical, the highest seed might be out on Margaret Court Arena trying to succeed in the quarter-finals for the third time.
Halep was already carrying an ankle damage from her second spherical match and the 20-year-old Osaka, who took her to 3 units in each their earlier conferences, possesses simply the kind of energy sport that may trigger her issues.
“The ankle’s sore, it’s not recovered,” Halep stated after the Davis marathon.
“Osaka is hitting strong, so strong. I have to be strong, if I can, on my legs, and just stay there, playing fast, opening the court, as I do all the time.”
Novak Djokovic additionally faces a stern take a look at, of a nascent comeback in his case, when he takes on South Korea’s Chung Hyeon trying to edge a step nearer to a mouth-watering semi-final in opposition to Roger Federer.
The bespectacled 21-year-old Chung, who gained the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in November, misplaced in three units to the Serbian at Melbourne Park in 2016.
Djokovic, who acquired remedy on his decrease again in his third spherical match and continues to be enjoying with a sleeve over the troublesome elbow that sidelined him for half a yr, stated he was anticipating a harder tie this time.
Defending champion Federer, himself trying to match Djokovic’s tally of six Melbourne Park titles, will try and do his half to arrange the blockbuster clash when he meets Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics for a spot in the final eight.
In different motion, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, who has crushed world quantity three Garbine Muguruza and former world quantity two Agnieszka Radwanska in the final two rounds, trains her giant-killer’s gaze on in-form 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.
Madison Keys takes on eighth seed Caroline Garcia in the primary match of the day on Rod Laver Arena, whereas Barbora Strycova and Karolina Pliskova, who fell out over a coach final yr, meet in an all-Czech grudge match to shut the day.