Adelaide, Australia (AP) – Coco Goff’s five-week stay in Australia has been extended by a second-round victory at the Adelaide International Tournament on Wednesday.
The 16-year-old American defeated Petra Martic, who finished sixth, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Memorial Drive heavyweight tournament. It was Goff’s fourth consecutive victory after two qualifying victories in the first round.
At the Australian Open, Goff lost straight to fifth-grader Elina Svitolina. During her debut at the 2020 Australian Open, she lost in three rounds to tournament champion Sofia Kenin in the fourth round.
This year, Guff also spent two weeks in forced COVID-19 quarantine before the Australian Open. She will face Shelby Rogers of the United States in the quarterfinals of Adelaide on Thursday.
Belinda Benchic, who finished second in Wednesday’s other matches, also took a 6-1, 6-3 lead over Misaki Do. Hurricane Sanders hit seventh seed Yulia Putintseva 6-4. 5-7 6-1, Jill Teichmann defeated eighth-ranked Wang Qiang 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Anastasia Sevastova defeated Christina McHale 6-4, 6-1.
Last year, 23-year-old Benchich lost in the quarterfinals at Memorial Drive. From the beginning of the first set, he won six games in a row to control the match.
“I like this court very much, it is only the second time in Adelaide, but I love this tournament, I feel very comfortable here,” Benchich said in a court interview.
Ash Bartin, the highest-ranked loser in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, is the reigning champion of Adelaide. The Australian got the right to get a wild card, playing in the second round match on Wednesday with the American Daniel Collins.
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