Ash Barty is Australia's last great hope as she faces Russian top hatter Maria Sharapova in her fourth round match at the Australian Open.
On Sunday, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also face their first serious tests in the tournament.
ROD LAVER ARENA
(8) Petra Kvitova (CZE) def. Amanda Anisimova (USA) 6-2 6-1
(15) Ashleigh Barty (AUS) def. (30) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 4-6 6-1 6-4
(2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
(3) Roger Federer (SUI) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
(5) Sloane Stephens (USA) vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (CZE)
MARGARET COURT ARENA
(2) Angelique Kerber (GER) x Danielle Collins (USA)
(6) Marin Cilic (CRO) vs (22) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
(20) Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Sharapova booed after pathetic act & # 39;
Ash Barty ended Australia's 10-year wait for a women's final at the Aussie Open with an emphatic and dramatic win over champion Maria Sharapova.
The Melbourne crowd called Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open after the Russian disappeared for a seven-minute break in the bathroom when Barty moved into the second set.
Barty went 1-1 in the second set where she started nine straight games and broke Sharapova's serve four times in a row to eventually elude a convincing 4-6 6-1 6-4 win that puts her in a fourth. -final against No. 8 seeds Petra Kvitova on Tuesday.
Barty is the first Australian woman to reach the eight finalists at Melbourne Park since Jelena Dokic's fairy tale in 2009.
Sharapova fought on her own at the end of the third set and forced Barty to fulfill the result after a third ravishing set that saw Barty start contracting as she approached the finish line.
She finally returned to work as all the champions to end the biggest win of her career in just under 2.5 hours.
The match was not without controversy – Sharapova was loud and booed by Melbourne fans as he returned to the start of the third set after a long break in the bathroom.
The Aussie drew 4-6 and 6-1 when they broke serve in consecutive service games, taking advantage of the moment the pair went into the deciding third set.
However, Sharapova used his cunning to try to contain the flow by taking a break in the bathroom that extended beyond seven minutes.
The controversial tactic clearly disrupted the pro-Barty crowd and let Sharapova know when she returned to court.
Some Australian tennis commentators even labeled Sharapova's tactic "pathetic."
Barty was also playing some mind games, waiting on the court for the moment that Sharapova finally returned to the Rod Laver Arena.
Channel 9 commentator Sam Smith described the use of toilets as the only area left on the WTA Tour that is yet to be "cleaned."
That clearly did not help Sharapova. Barty secured his third serve stop when the game resumed a 2-0 lead in the third set.
Barty's fourth consecutive game, however, yielded eight consecutive games for Barty with a 3-0 lead in the decision.
It was only with Barty leading by 4-0 that Sharapova finally held his serve to contain the bleeding.
Sharapova then sent a scare through Australian sneakers when she got a service break back and retreated into a Barty game at 4-3 in the third set.
With the finish line in sight Barty squeezed and was a recipe for some of the craziest sneakers the tournament has ever seen so far.
In the Duke in Sharapova's service game, the pair played out one of the tournament's points which ended after 16 shots, including a lap of Sharapova's net.
Barty also had to defend two break points in his upcoming service game to advance 5-3 after 15 minutes of extreme drama.
She then had to maintain her courage and serve the most memorable victory of her career.
Cold Rejection of Sharapova Barty
Maria Sharapova was all business when she left for Rod Laver Arena without recognizing Australian star Ash Barty before her big game of the fourth round.
Sharapova came out second and had to follow a thunderous roar given by the Australian crowd when Barty made his first appearance on the court. Seed number 30 passed the Aussie to the chair without glancing in the direction of Barty.
It comes after the two players shared a tricky heat on Sunday when they were both forced to split the Rod Laver Arena just hours before the showdown.
The pair were spotted by TV cameras taking their steps and beating their practice partners within a few yards of each other.
American Sweetheart Reality Dose
Amanda Anisimova charmed the American public with her race for the fourth round – but it did not last long today.
Anisimova, 17, was sent off 6-2 and 6-1 by eighth seed Petra Kvitova, who was incredibly dominant in the serve.
Kvitova has intimidated her way after the teen sensation to become the first woman until the quarterfinals. She progresses to play the winner of Ash Barty's blockbuster against Maria Sharapova.
Anisimova, the youngest woman since 2007 to reach the last 16 years in Melbourne, was broken five times and failed to secure a break point opportunity.
Novak hits leaks from damaging players
The world number 1, Novak Djokovic, has reacted to allegations that he is trying to oust ATP Tour boss Chris Kermode.
A battle for control of the men's tour has been waged all week at Melbourne Park, with Djokovic, who leads the board of players, has disputed several major stars including Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, all of whom hold Kermode's retention.
After Nadal revealed that his opinion had not been questioned about whether Kermode would survive when his contract expires later this year, Wawrinka wrote a letter with strong words on the subject.
Djokovic called for calm after his third-round victory on Saturday and denied he was forcing Kermode to leave.
"I do not know why people keep talking about me as being against Chris. Who said that was the truth?" Djokovic said.
"One of my biggest concerns now, of all board members, is that we've leaked information from someone within the board in the past two months.
"Many of these things that have leaked to certain media are also not 100 percent true. Obviously, there is a certain type of one-dimensional agenda in place – players and certain media are served with a quite one-sided story.
"I've seen Stan's statement, too.I respect him.We have a great friendly relationship.I respect his opinion, anyone else's opinion … But at the same time I encourage them and anyone who has an interest in to approach all board members if they need more information, as we will do the same with them in the next period.but where's the rush? "