We are one full week into the 2019 Australian Open and both women’s singles and women’s doubles are into their quarterfinals, while mixed doubles is nearly there. Last week, we covered the progress American women had made, but let’s take a look at who remains in the race for the title as they prepare for quarterfinals.
After having six American women advance to the third round, just two advanced to the quarterfinals. Venus Williams lost in the 3rd round while Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and 17-year old Amanda Anisimova all failed to advance out of the 4th round.
Remaining are the perennial champion Serena Williams, but also the 25-year old, unseeded Danielle Collins. Competing in her first Australian Open, she made it into her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinals by beating No.2 Angelique Kerber. Read more about Collins in this ESPN article.
There were high hopes for the American women in doubles with 10 advancing to the second round. Now just three remain with the quarterfinals kicking off on the 22nd. Jennifer Brady and Alison Riske will compete as the lone American duo left, both making their first appearances in the quarterfinals, while Raquel Atawo – in her 10th Australian Open appearance – has advanced to the quarterfinals for only the second time (2014).
Losing in the second round were Abigail Sears and Sabrina Santamaria, and their respective partners. Advancing in the second but losing in the third round with their respective parters were Nicole Melichar, Taylor Townsend, Asia Muhammad, Kaitlyn Christian and Desirae Krawczyk.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands – who won in 2015 and 2017 – has advanced to the quarterfinals with her partner Jamie Murray of the United Kingdom. Abigail Sears (with partner Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia) has also advanced to the quarterfinals in her first-ever mixed doubles Grand Slam appearance.