Australian Open 2024 results: Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka move on to Melbourne

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Coco Gauff says she often forgets she is still a teenager after becoming the youngest woman to reach the Australian Open singles quarter-finals since 2008.

The 19-year-old American booked her place in the round of 16 by beating Poland’s Magdalena Frech 6-1, 6-2.

“I’ve lived so many lives in the last four years that I feel older than 19,” said Gauff, the US Open champion.

Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka continued her serene progress by beating Amanda Anisimova 6-3 6-2.

Sabalenka will face the ninth seed Barbora Krejcikovawho defended himself to win Mirra Andreeva 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and end the 16-year-old’s impressive run in Melbourne.

Gauff and Sabalenka, 25, remain on track to meet in the semifinals, which would give the Belarusian a chance to avenge her US Open final loss.

After bursting onto the scene as a 15-year-old at Wimbledon in 2019, Gauff fulfilled her long-heralded potential by claiming her first Grand Slam title in New York.

Now in her last major tournament as a teenager, she is the second seed at the Australian Open behind second seed Sabalenka.

“Sometimes I forget my age. I know I won’t be a teenager anymore,” said Gauff, who is the youngest player to reach the Melbourne quarter-finals since Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.

“When I look at the other girls on the tour who are 16, 17 years old and the ones who are coming up now, they feel very young and I feel very old.

“I know I’m not that old, but I definitely forget my age a lot.”

Gauff, who has not faced another seed, will play against Ukraine Marta Kostyuk next.

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