Australian Open 2021: Injuries, retirements overshadow Day 8 as more quarter-finals set

Norway's Casper Ruud speaks to a trainer during his men's singles match against Russia's Andrey Rublev on day eight of the Australian Open tennis...

Casper Ruud was forced to retire midway through his first fourth-round match at a Grand Slam, no. 9 seed Matteo Berrettini didn’t take to court against Stefanos Tsitsipas (#5) with a worsening abdominal strain while Karolina Muchova (#25) recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to stun Belgium’s Elise Mertens – but also has a pre-existing ab injury and was wincing mid-match.
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Australian Open 2021: Kenin crashes out, Tsitsipas survives, Svitolina ruthless

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates his five set victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at...

Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas needed all five sets to outlast home favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis, who again proved he can hang with the world’s best at this level – despite his injuries. Before, there was a tearful exit for defending champion Sofia Kenin while top seed Ashleigh Barty survived a scare to beat wildcard Daria Gavrilova and Elina Svitolina beat teenager Cori Gauff. Continue reading