Dolgopolov, Bondarenko sheathed racket at the Australian Open


Ukrainian tennis players Alexandr Dolgopolov and Ekaterina Bondarenko failed to qualify to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Dolgopolov in the third round in 2 hours and 40 minutes lost to 24th-seeded Diego Schwartzman. The match was played in 40 degree heat where Dolgopolov was not ready.

Ukrainian in the tiebreak won the first set, but in the further course of the match dictated Schwartzman. Last chance to catch the fight Dolgopolov lost in the end of the second set when the score was 4:5 failed to convert four break points.

Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 24) – Alexander Dolgopolov (Ukraine) – 6:7, 6:2, 6:3, 6:3

Bondarenko in the match against the 19th seeded Magdalena Rybarikova was very close to debut exit in the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open. In the first set, the Ukrainian was leading 5:3 and 40:0, but painful perceived refereeing mistake and allowed the rival to make an impressive comeback.

In the second game Catherine gathered and confidently equalised, but in the deciding set immediately gave his serve and get back into the game failed.

Ekaterina Bondarenko (Ukraine) – Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia, 19) – 5:7, 6:3, 1:6

Performance at the Australian Open brought Dolgopolova Alexander and Ekaterina Bondarenko, 142 thousand dollars in prize money, as well as 90 and 130 points, respectively.


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