Ash Barty and Ajla Tomljanovic are amongst 5 Australian gamers competing on day six at this yr’s US Open.
Two Australians – Ash Barty and Ajla Tomljanovic – have superior to the third spherical within the US Open ladies’s singles competitors.
The final time this occurred was 2003, when Alicia Molik and Nicole Pratt reached that stage.
That is acquainted territory for Barty, with the world No.1 progressing to the third spherical in 12 of her previous 14 Grand Slam appearances. Additionally it is the fourth time she has accomplished so in New York.
Nonetheless for Tomljanovic, this can be a new expertise. The 28-year-old had by no means progressed past the second spherical in seven earlier visits to Flushing Meadows.
It follows Tomljanovic’s sensational Wimbledon 2021 quarterfinal run, which was solely the second time in 27 Grand Slam appearances she had progressed additional than the second spherical.
“Up to now I believed, however when it got here all the way down to it, there was all the time extra doubt creeping in when stress conditions would come up. Now I really feel like I’ve a plan after I go on the market and imagine I can execute it – and that’s been the largest factor that’s shifted.”
Ought to Barty and Tomljanovic proceed their profitable runs on day six, it will mark the primary time since 1979 that two Australian ladies have reached the US Open fourth spherical.
Australians in motion on day six:
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v  Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
Girls’s singles, third spherical, Grandstand, third match (not earlier than 5am AEST)
In her eighth US Open look, Tomljanovic has superior to the third spherical for the primary time. The world No.46’s rising confidence, particularly underneath stress, was evident in a steely second-round win in opposition to No.30 seed Petra Martic. It was her first victory over a seeded opponent in New York – and now the 28-year-old is concentrating on a second. There’s additionally the added problem of making an attempt to attain a primary top-10 win at a Grand Slam since Roland Garros 2014. The 29-year-old Pliskova is at the moment ranked No.4, however has been as excessive as No.1 and was a US Open finalist in 2016. They’ve had some shut battles up to now, nevertheless Tomljanovic’s solely win in opposition to the big-serving Czech was greater than a decade in the past – when each have been ranked exterior the highest 100.
Head-to-head report: Pliskova leads 5-1
Final assembly: Pliskova received 6-4 6-7(5) 6-1 (Brisbane 2020)
 Ash Barty (AUS) v Shelby Rogers (USA)
Girls’s singles, third spherical, Arthur Ashe Stadium, evening session, first match (from 9am AEST)
Though Barty has received 14 of her previous 15 matches and never misplaced a set this week in New York, she nonetheless sees room for enchancment. “Some work to do, however we’re happy to have the ability to undergo and get one other alternative,” she mentioned after her second-round win. Barty is seeking to match her career-best consequence on the US Open and advance to the fourth spherical for the third time. Standing in her means is a well-known opponent. That is the 25-year-old’s fifth assembly with world No.43 Rogers this season – and their sixth in complete. Barty has received every of their earlier conferences, however has twice been prolonged to 3 units. The world No.1 admits taking part in the 28-year-old American, who was a quarterfinalist in New York final yr, is “all the time a really massive problem”.
Head-to-head report: Barty leads 5-0
Final assembly: Barty received 6-2 6-1 (Madrid 2021)
 Storm Sanders (AUS)/Caroline Dolehide (USA) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/Andreea Mitu (ROU)
Girls’s doubles, second spherical, Courtroom 12, first match (from 3am AEST)
Contesting their first match collectively since reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in July, 27-year-old Sanders and 22-year-old Dolehide continued their spectacular kind to lose solely three video games within the first spherical. Now the No.10 seeds play a Romanian duo – 31-year-old Begu is ranked No.73 and 29-year-old Mitu is ranked No.97. World No.41 Sanders, who lately grew to become Australia’s top-ranked lady in doubles, is already having fun with a career-best run in New York and is aiming to succeed in a Grand Slam third spherical for under the second time.
[Alt] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) v [WC] Madison Keys (USA)/Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)
Combined doubles, first spherical, Courtroom 5, second match
Perez makes her US Open combined doubles debut as an alternate alongside Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner, changing late-withdrawing Kazakh pair Elena Rybakina and Andrey Golubev within the draw. The 25-year-old Australian is ranked No.46, whereas 32-year-old Demoliner is ranked No.51. Their opponents are wildcards – and companions each on and off the court docket. The 26-year-old Keys, a former high 10 singles participant, is taking part in combined doubles for under the third time in her skilled profession. That is first time she has performed with 28-year-old Fratangelo, who she has been courting since 2017.
[Alt] Dayana Yastremska (UKR)/Max Purcell (AUS) v Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Marcus Daniell (NZL)
Combined doubles, second spherical, Courtroom 11, fourth match
Purcell and Ukrainian Yastremska snuck into the draw as alternates – however proved they’re contenders with a powerful win in opposition to the skilled workforce of former world No.1 Sania Mirza and world No.7 Rajeev Ram within the opening spherical. Now the 23-year-old Australian, who’s ranked No.42, and 21-year-old Yastremska face one other robust duo within the second spherical. World No.11 Dabrowski is a two-time Grand Slam combined doubles champion, whereas world No.43 Daniell claimed an Olympic bronze medal in doubles at Tokyo 2020 final month.
HOW TO WATCH: The US Open 2021 match is broadcast on Foxtel and Kayo Sports activities in Australia, with SBS broadcasting on free-to-air tv from the quarterfinals onwards.