Australian Open 2013 Results: Day 8 Scores and Results Summary

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Australian Open 2013 Results: Day 8 Scores and Results Summary

Aside from a pair of seeded players going down on Monday, Day 8 from the 2013 Australian Open in Melbourne shaped up exactly how many thought it would.

The two big favorites in the men's draw advanced with relative ease, while the two stars in the women's draw did the same. Seeded players Caroline Wozniacki and Andreas Seppi weren't so fortunate on Monday, however, as both fell to unseeded opponents.

With every Round of 16 singles matchup in the books, here we'll get you caught up with the latest happenings from Down Under.

 

Wozniacki Goes Down

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In the day's most noteworthy upset, two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time since 2009 after knocking off 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Kuznetsova looked much more aggressive throughout, smashing 52 winners for the match compared to Wozniacki's 23. The unseeded Russian also cashed in on 23 of her 25 point opportunities at the net, while Wozniacki went just 8-of-19.

The hard-fought match would only last two-and-a-half hours in all, but the epic third set lasted longer than the first two combined. 

If there's good news for the 22-year-old Dane, though, it's that her 2013 Australian Open run was her deepest at a major since last year's Aussie Open. The bad news: Wozniacki will exit the year's first Grand Slam in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2010.

 

Azarenka and Williams Inch Closer

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Women's favorites Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams both looked unbeatable once again on Day 8, each dropping only two games in their straight-set victories.

Defending women's champion and No. 1-seeded Azarenka finished off Elena Vesnina in under an hour, winning 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarters. The 23-year-old Belarusian committed half as many unforced errors as her opponent and won 78 percent of her first-serve points. The win means that Azarenka is into the quarters at Melbourne for the third time in four years.

After watching Azarenka breeze through her Round of 16 match, third-seeded Serena Williams was motivated to make short work of her opponent, 14th-seeded Maria Kirilenko, and she did. The five-time Australian Open champion won 82 percent of her first-serve points, crushed 22 winners and committed just six unforced errors in her impressive 6-2, 6-0 win.

Williams will take on up-and-coming American Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals. Williams has been a mentor over the years to the 19-year-old star, so expect an emotional match. 

At the top of the bracket, Azarenka will square off against Svetlana Kuznetsova for the right to advance to the semis. Both Azarenka and Williams are expected to advance and play each other in a firework-filled semifinal.

 

Federer, Murray Cruise into Quarters

 

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On the men's side, both big-name stars dominated on Day 8, as second-seeded Roger Federer and third-seeded Andy Murray each steamrolled past their fourth-round opponent in straight sets. 

Roger cruised past Milos Raonic at Rod Laver Arena, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

Fed outlasted the 22-year-old Canadian thanks to some clean tennis and tremendous first-serve success. The four-time Aussie Open champ committed just 12 unforced errors for the match and won 90 percent of his first-serve points. Plus, on the 28 occasions on which his first serve was out, he still managed to win 21 of those points (75 percent second-serve points won). 

The Swiss legend will take on seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the next round with a spot in the semis up for grabs.

Meanwhile, over at Hisense Arena, reigning U.S. Open champion Andy Murray only needed a little over an hour-and-a-half to dispose of French veteran Gilles Simon, beating him convincingly, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

There isn't one area of Murray's game that made the difference on Monday. He played determined tennis from the start, and next up, he'll have to tame the upset-minded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, a surprising quarterfinal opponent.

 

Men's Round of 16 Scores: Day 8

Roger Federer (2) defeated Milos Raonic (13); 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

Andy Murray (3) defeated Gilles Simon (14); 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7) defeated Richard Gasquet (9); 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Jeremy Chardy defeated Andreas Seppi (21); 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

 

Women's Round of 16 Scores: Day 8

Victoria Azarenka (1) defeated Elena Vesnina; 6-1, 6-1

Serena Williams (3) defeated Maria Kirilenko (14); 6-2, 6-0

Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Caroline Wozniacki (10); 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Sloane Stephens (29) defeated Bojana Jovanovski; 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

 

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