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Tennis news - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beats Sloane Stephens in marathon contest to reach quarters

Pavlyuchenkova beats Stephens in marathon contest to reach quarters
By Reuters

20/01/2019 at 14:00Updated 20/01/2019 at 15:26

Unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won a marathon three-setter against American fifth seed Sloane Stephens 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday and match her best show in Grand Slams.

Stephens gave up a 4-1 advantage in the opening set to win it on a tiebreaker but Pavlyuchenkova rallied once again from an early break down to convert her third set point and level the match.

The 2017 US Open winner then lost steam as the world number 44 converted her second match point to seal the contest in two hours and 32 minutes.

Sloane Stephens' run was ended at the fourth-round stage

Sloane Stephens' run was ended at the fourth-round stageGetty Images

The fifth-seeded Stephens produced her best performance at the Australian Open in five years, but the 2018 French Open runner-up struggled with her serve and faced a total of 23 break points in an error-strewn display.

Pavlyuchenkova's total of 46 winners to Stephens' 28 underlined her superiority as she reached a fifth Grand Slam quarter-final.

For a place in the semi-finals, Pavlyuchenkova will meet another American in unseeded Danielle Collins, who earlier thrashed 2016 champion and second seed Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2.

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