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Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu knocked out after marathon three-set defeat to Yafan Wang

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January 18, 2024

Emma Raducanu is out of the Australian Open after struggling physically in the deciding set of her marathon second-round defeat to Yafan Wang, the World 94. After levelling the match at a set all and having made an impressive fight-back, Raducanu was forced to take a medical timeout early in the third. The 21-year-old had to have her blood pressure taken after appearing to be light-headed and struggling with her breathing.

Raducanu was playing in just her fourth match in eight months and was making her grand slam return at the Australian Open after missing the majority of last season following surgeries on both of her wrists and left ankle. The former US Open champion improved after a difficult opening set, where she struggled to adjust to the challenging conditions and swirling wind, but faded early on in the third set as the match reached the two-hour mark.

Raducanu battled on, showing considerable resilience as she threatened to break back but was unable to take any of her seven opportunities across a series of gruelling deuce games. Wang steadied on serve and closed out a 6-4 4-6 6-4 victory after almost three hours as Raducanu netted on a backhand close to the net.

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Table of Contents

Australian Open LIVE: Latest scores and updates

  • Australian Open day five order of play and schedule

  • Emma Raducanu knocked out after gruelling 6-4 4-6 6-4 defeat to Yafan Wang

  • Cameron Norrie comes through in mammoth five-set battle to reach round three

  • Katie Boulter loses out in straight sets to Qinwen Zheng

  • Jack Draper beaten by 14th seed Tommy Paul in four sets

  • Iga Swiatek survives three-set test to reach round three

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:49 , Kieran Jackson

GAME, SET AND MATCH – Wang Yafan beats Emma Raducanu 6-4 4-6 6-4

Raducanu starts the game off brilliantly with an expert lure in and backhand lob combination, but that’s as good as it gets in the final game!

A few errors, and at 40-15, it finishes with Raducanu slamming a routine backhand into the net with her opponent at the net.

Raducanu is out of the Australian Open, despite some brilliant fight after two hours and 54 minutes.

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:44 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 4-5 Wang Yafan*

Raducanu holds to love in double quick time to put all the pressure on her Chinese opponent, who is bidding to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

It’s now or never for Emma…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:42 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 3-5 Wang Yafan

Despite Raducanu’s best efforts – including a gorgeous drop shot to bring up 30-30 – Wang holds serve and is now just a game away!

A few big serves gets her out of trouble. Raducanu will now serve to stay in the match…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:36 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 3-4 Wang Yafan*

Another pivotal hold for Raducanu, this time to 30, as Wang goes astray on return.

The Brit will have two more chances to save herself with a break of serve…

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Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:33 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 2-4 Wang Yafan

A hold to love for Wang. Rapid, too. Raducanu with a few errors…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:30 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 2-3 Wang Yafan*

Raducanu stays in it!

Tremendous fight from the Brit – and she seals the game by chasing down a drop-shot and guiding a slice back where it came from crosscourt for a winner!

She stays right on Wang’s tail! It’s now a boisterous atmosphere on 1573 Arena – this third set has already taken 53 minutes and we’ve only had five games!

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:25 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 1-3 Wang Yafan

What a battle this is – best level of the match so far from both players! Wang holds, just!

Trying to predict the trajectory of this match is near-on impossible! Raducanu brings up two break points with a great passing shot, before Wang hits a winner and Raducanu goes long as ANOTHER game goes to deuce!

Raducanu wins a lung-busting point with a backhand winner, before running to her seat to wretch into her towel! But Wang responds with a winner of her own.

A fourth break point comes and goes for Raducanu after another lengthy point and – eventually – Wang holds after an 11-minute game.

Titanic stuff, does Raducanu have much left?

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:13 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 1-2 Wang Yafan*

Raducanu holds… by the skin of her teeth!

The Brit really struggling physically still and she looks down and out with Wang playing astutely given the circumstances.

But Raducanu fights back with some big-hitting to get to deuce from 0-40. A few game points go astray but a forehand winner down the line finally gets her on the board in the final set.

Great hustle!

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:05 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 0-2 Wang Yafan

Assessments have been made and Raducanu is back on her mark, ready to serve.

We assume she’s been given a painkiller or two. Now though, she really must hold serve here…

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Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:03 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 0-2 Wang Yafan

Raducanu’s blood pressure is being taken by the on-court doctor here… the signs do not look good for the 21-year-old Brit here.

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Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

10:02 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 0-2 Wang Yafan

Wang holds and saves three break points!

Raducanu suddenly looks like she’s struggling physically here. She’s obviously short of match practice and these long points really look to be taking it out of her. She actually says to her box “I want to vomit”.

But amidst the pain, she’s still playing some brilliant tennis. However, she has called for the physio – and it looks like we’ll have a break here.

Raducanu has her towel wrapped around her, sat down, and she looks pretty unwell right now.

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

09:55 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 0-1 Wang Yafan*

After a lengthy bathroom break – which Raducanu doesn’t seem overly happy with – Wang breaks to open the third set!

Raducanu sends a forehand crosscourt wide and, from 30-15, she’ll be very disappointed with the end of that game.

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

09:37 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 6-4 Wang Yafan*

Raducanu wins the second set! And the Brit lets out a huge scream!

Raducanu looks out of this game at 40-15, but the Brit propels herself back to deuce with some big groundstrokes. A forehand winner brings up set point, but Wang saves it with a forehand winner of her own.

Raducanu this time finds a backhand plum on the line, before Wang finally cracks with a forehand wide!

We’re all square on the 1573 Arena! Great play but beyond anything else, terrific fight from the 2021 US Open champion!

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Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

09:29 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 5-4 Wang Yafan*

Oh, Emma. Two set points come and go and Wang breaks back!

More heavy-hitting from the 21-year-old brings up two set points, but Wang rallies back and with some aggressive shots of her own drags the game back to deuce.

Wang then has a break point chance but goes wide with a backhand, but she doesn’t miss out a second time as a tiring Raducanu sails a forehand long!

Back on serve…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

09:22 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 5-3 Wang Yafan

Raducanu breaks!

A rasping backhand crosscourt winner from Raducanu brings up 0-30, before this time a forehand winner brings up three break points!

Wang saves the first two but Raducanu clinches the break with a brilliant forehand winner crosscourt! Fantastic hitting – and she will serve for the second set!

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

09:17 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 4-3 Wang Yafan*

Another battle – but another hold for the Brit! Wang nets at 40-30 after a powerful first serve from Raducanu, who has found her range now.

Her intensity is certainly up – can she secure a crucial break here?

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

09:13 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 3-3 Wang Yafan

Wang holds… just! A break points comes and goes for Raducanu.

The quality of the points have definitely gone up a notch! A terrific exchange at 30-30 sees Raducanu come out on top, before Wang caresses a brilliant forehand winner crosscourt to save the break point!

Wang then volleys her way to game point, before Raducanu goes long on the backhand. 3-3…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

09:07 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 3-2 Wang Yafan*

How the tide had turned here!

Raducanu holds to 30, with errors now seeping into Yang’s game. Raducanu does well to put away an awkward volley at 30-30, before Wang produces an error.

Three games on the spin for the Brit.

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Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

09:02 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 2-2 Wang Yafan

Raducanu breaks after a mammoth game!

Two big chances come and go for Raducanu to break at 15-40, with two strikes into the net.

A lovely drop shot brings up a third break point of the game, but again Raducanu’s groundstrokes let her down as a backhand sails long. A fourth is saved by Wang with a drive volley winner into the open court.

Wang then squanders two chances to seal the game, before Raducanu perseveres to finally convert the break on her fifth opportunity!

Back all-square!

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:49 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 1-2 Wang Yafan*

Massive hold of serve from Raducanu from 15-40!

A couple of big serves gets her out of jail to start, before a drop shot and forehand winner seals the game and gets the Brit on the board!

Can that fuel a fightback? Let’s hope so…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:44 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 0-2 Wang Yafan

A look of frustration is etched on Raducanu’s face – she’s struggling badly here with her own game, and she knows it.

A routine hold of serve for Wang, to 15. Can the Brit rediscover any momentum?

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:39 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-6 0-1 Wang Yafan*

Wang breaks!

From 0-30 to 30-30, Wang sails a forehand long before Raducanu nets cheaply with the backhand to bring up deuce.

The Chinese player has a break point following a volley winner, before Raducanu nets with the forehand. Almost in an inevitable fashion, given the order of play so far in this match.

Raducanu needs to find her feet here. Quickly…

Australian Open LIVE: Carlos Alcaraz beats Lorenzo Sonego

08:36 , Kieran Jackson

The No 2 seed is through to the third round!

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:32 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 4-6 Wang Yafan

Who could predict what happens here? After looking under pressure, Wang holds to love to win the first set!

Can Raducanu respond in the second?

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Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:28 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 4-5 Wang Yafan*

A hold to love for the Brit, who suddenly has all the momentum. More intensity to her serve and groundstrokes now!

Still, Wang has a chance to seal the first set on serve…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:27 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 3-5 Wang Yafan

Radncanu breaks!

At 30-0, it looks as though the set is slipping away from Raducanu – but suddenly she finds her range and a brilliant forehand winner cross-court at 30-30 gives her break point.

Wang then double faults. There’s life in this first set yet…

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Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:22 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 2-5 Wang Yafan*

Yafan breaks again – and will serve for the first set!

It’s just not clicking for Emma at the moment. A few errors, gifting her opponent another sight at a break, which the Chinese player duly gobbles up.

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:18 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 2-4 Wang Yafan

A hold to love for the Chinese player who, despite the previous game, seems better suited to the wind with her groundstrokes.

Raducanu needs to adapt quickly…

Australian Open LIVE: Carlos Alcaraz with a ridiculous round-the-net shot…

08:16 , Kieran Jackson

Meanwhile on Rod Laver Arena, some absolutely crazy shot-making!

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:15 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 2-3 Wang Yafan*

A crucial hold… with a comical ending!

At deuce, Raducanu wins the battle of the backhands in fierce wind, before a short slice from the Brit spins back onto her side of the net with the helping of the wind, giving her the point!

Wang looks on in disbelief, but Raducanu won’t care! She stays in touch, 2-3….

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:09 , Kieran Jackson

*Emma Raducanu 1-3 Wang Yafan

Wang the much more assured of the two players out there at the moment – she holds to 15, sealing her third game of the match with a lovely volley into the open court.

Raducanu a little ragged early on here…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

08:05 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 1-2 Wang Yafan*

After a routine hold for the Chinese player, Raducanu spurns her own chance to hold…

A few errors seeping in to Raducanu’s game there, and a strange backhand slice sails just wide to hand her opponent the advantage early in this first set.

Work to do for the 21-year-old early on…

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

07:57 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu 1-0 Wang Yafan*

A confident early hold for the British player, with some booming forehands and first serves seeing out the first game to 15.

Incidentally, this is their first meeting on tour.

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

07:54 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu will start us off on serve here on the 1573 Arena!

Australian Open LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Wang Yafan

07:49 , Kieran Jackson

The 2021 US Open champion is out on court warming-up for her second-round match against Wang Yafan!

This should be a cracker!

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Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

07:37 , Kieran Jackson

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Qinwen Zheng beats Katie Boulter, 6-3 6-3

It was a hell of a game to finish it! Around 17 minutes long, Boulter had three break points at 0-40, and a few more during some topsy-turvy deuce exchanges, but Zheng seals it on her sixth match point with an ace out wide!

Tough for Boulter to take, as she had her chances, but the best player won on the day. Zheng will face either Emma Raducanu or compatriot Wang Yafan, which is next up on the 1573 Arena.

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Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

07:26 , Jamie Braidwood

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5 Jack Draper

Ah, just short of the three-hour mark, Tommy Paul serves out a four-set victory to end Jack Draper’s Australian Open campaign. There was not much in that fourth set, but a few unforced errors in the final two games cost Draper the chance of forcing a deciding set. The American 14th seed, who reached the semi-finals last year, played a more controlled game in the fourth set.

Still, there is still plenty for Draper to be encouraged by as he returns home from his Australia swing, including a second ATP final in Adelaide. Paul said he was out for “revenge” after he was beaten by Draper in Adelaide. The American adds that he wanted to keep Draper out on court for as long as possible after the 22-year-old was taken to five sets on Tuesday.

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Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

07:20 , Jamie Braidwood

*Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-5 Jack Draper

Suddenly Draper’s first-serve disappears and he’s faced with a break point on5-5. He finds an important serve out wide to save, but a forehand long gives Paul another chance on advantage: Paul’s return lands in midcourt but Draper puts his forehand wide aiming for the line!

Disaster, that was on a plate – and now Paul will serve for the match. Draper covers his face with his towel.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

07:16 , Kieran Jackson

*Qinwen Zheng 6-3 5-3 Katie Boulter

It’s all gone wrong for Katie Boulter – she’s broken again, with the match slipping away from her again via a double fault.

Qinwen Zheng will now serve for the match!

Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

07:14 , Jamie Braidwood

Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-3 5-5 Jack Draper*

Draper had a look at two set points against the Paul serve but the American prevails in a gruelling service game to keep the fourth alive. Both set points came in lengthy rallies and Draper was the one who blinked on both ocassions. The Brit is still in charge, but Paul is a tricky opponent to break down.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

07:12 , Kieran Jackson

Qinwen Zheng 6-3 4-3 Katie Boulter*

Zheng holds to love. Boulter needs to recover and fast, otherwise this match will be over before she knows it.

The Chinese 12th seed back in front in the second set.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

07:08 , Kieran Jackson

*Qinwen Zheng 6-3 3-3 Katie Boulter

Oh, Katie.

40-15 up, she blows a two-game lead and Zheng breaks following two double faults in a row from the Brit.

Back to level-pegging. That could prove costly…

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

07:02 , Kieran Jackson

Qinwen Zheng 6-3 2-3 Katie Boulter*

Terrific game from Katie Boulter and she breaks!

A terrific forehand crosscourt brings up break point at 30-40, before Zheng double faults after having to pause between serves due to crowd noise.

Zheng looks very irritated – and she is talking to the chair umpire at the change of ends. Still, Boulter has the break!

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Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

07:02 , Jamie Braidwood

*Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-3 4-5 Jack Draper

Draper steadies after putting a volley wide on the opening point of his service game, as on the next point he tucks another testing volley before the reach of Paul before serving it out.

Paul now serving to stay in the fourth as Draper pushes for a decider.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:57 , Kieran Jackson

*Qinwen Zheng 6-3 2-2 Katie Boulter

Another gutsy hold from Katie Boulter – and a nod from her mum in her box.

Still all-square in the second…

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:53 , Kieran Jackson

Qinwen Zheng 6-3 2-1 Katie Boulter*

Three holds of serve to start, with Boulter letting a break point slip by in the opening game.

On serve early in the second set…

Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

06:52 , Jamie Braidwood

*Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-3 3-4 Jack Draper

Draper has turned the tide in this set and is now pushing for the break in this fourth set. The 22-year-old is taking control of the rallies with his power from the baseline, an impressive response to falling behind.

Paul is going after the Draper backhand at every opportunity but when he gets the chance, Draper finishes off the rally with a forehand winner and holds to move in front at 4-3.

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Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

06:44 , Jamie Braidwood

Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-3 2-2 Jack Draper*

Draper digs in to get the break back! Impressive resilience from the 22-year-old to overturn some of Paul’s momentum, as he enjoys his best spell of the match in some time. Draper is finding more free points in the rallies now.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:38 , Kieran Jackson

*Qinwen Zheng 6-3 Katie Boulter

Boulter is broken again, to 15, as her groundstrokes go haywire. In the end, a dominant first set from the Chinese player, taking it 6-3.

Can Boulter fight back?

Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

06:36 , Jamie Braidwood

Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-3 2-0 Jack Draper*

A tough start to the fourth set for Draper as Paul takes the opening break. The American senses an opportunity and brings up two break points as he clips the net cord with a forehand pass.

It’s hard to argue against the fact that Draper looks to be fading physically after his five-set epic on Tuesday – and Paul gets the break as Draper puts a backhand into the net on the stretch.

Paul then races to a love hold.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:34 , Kieran Jackson

Qinwen Zheng 5-3 Katie Boulter*

Zheng holds to 15. Confident and efficient from the back of the court, she’s now just a game away from the opening set.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:31 , Kieran Jackson

*Qinwen Zheng 4-3 Katie Boulter

A break apiece, including a gutsy hold from the Brit amid challenging conditions under the late-evening Melbourne sun.

Crucially, Boulter remains within reach of the 12th seed on the scoreboard!

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Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

06:27 , Jamie Braidwood

Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-3 Jack Draper*

Paul gets it down behind serve and for the second match in a row, Draper will have to come from two sets to one down if he is to keep his Australian Open bid alive. Draper was unable to do enough there against the Paul serve and one poor game cost the 22-year-old.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:24 , Kieran Jackson

*Qinwen Zheng 3-2 Katie Boulter

Ah that will be really disappointing for the Brit – she’s broken to 15, and out of nothing seemingly loses her rhythm!

Zheng has the break back… to the delight of a fairly big legion of Chinese fans on 1573 Arena. Well, certainly bigger than the British contingent it seems…

Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

06:23 , Jamie Braidwood

*Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 5-3 Jack Draper

Draper hangs on. The Brit saves three set points against Paul to force the American to serve it out. Draper caught the line with a booming forehand winner on 15-40, inches away from losing the set, but holds to ask the question of the 14th seed.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:18 , Kieran Jackson

Qinwen Zheng 2-2 Katie Boulter*

Boulter breaks to love!

The wind is playing a role here – Zheng with a few wild errors and a double fault, before the Brit seals the break-back with a lovely cushioned volley at the net!

All-square…

Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

06:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 5-2 Jack Draper*

A double fault from Paul gets Draper an opening on Paul’s next service game – Draper then digs into the rally and brings up 15-30. Draper looks up to the sky as he drifts a backhand long then swipes his racket in disgust as he nets on the forehand.

The 22-year-old is getting frustrated and Paul moves a game away from the third as Draper goes long on the backhand.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:13 , Kieran Jackson

*Qinwen Zheng 2-1 Katie Boulter

Zheng just about holds after the game goes to deuce, but Boulter gets on the board with a confident hold to 15.

She trails by a break early on…

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Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

06:05 , Jamie Braidwood

*Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 3-1 Jack Draper

Tommy Paul edges back in front against Draper after claiming the early break in the third – Draper is given a warning after whacking a ball out of play, but steadies in the next service game to hold to love.

Australian Open LIVE: Qinwen Zheng vs Katie Boulter

06:04 , Kieran Jackson

*Qinwen Zheng 1-0 Katie Boulter

The Chinese 12th seed breaks Boulter in the opening game, converting on her second break point with a forehand winner cross-court!

Tough start for the Brit in blustery conditions as we enter the Melbourne evening…

Cameron Norrie after reaching the third round with a five-set win:

05:57 , Kieran Jackson

“Huge for me. A day where I was not feeling it, making excuses for myself. A couple of rain delays and somehow lifted, and I knew I was going to win the match.

“I was whining too much! He was playing great so the rain allowed me to lift my energy. It didn’t look good…”

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Australian Open LIVE: Tommy Paul vs Jack Draper

05:54 , Kieran Jackson

Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 1-0 Jack Draper*

The Brit dropped the opening set to the 14th seed, but is fighting back and levelled the match in the second!

Draper beat Paul last week in Adelaide so will fancy his chances of claiming a place in the third round – maybe it will come down to fitness in the Melbourne heat!

Meanwhile, Katie Boulter is now out on court warming-up for her match against Chinese 12th seed Qinwen Zheng on 1573 Arena!

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Emotional Iga Swiatek produces stunning third-set comeback to survive at Australian Open

05:49 , Kieran Jackson

An emotional Iga Swiatek survived a major scare to defeat Danielle Collins and reach the third round of the Australian Open.

The world number one lost to Collins in the semi-finals in Melbourne two years ago and it appeared history was about to repeat itself when the American took a 4-1 lead in the deciding set under the roof on Rod Laver Arena.

But Swiatek responded with five games in a row to claim a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory and set up a clash with Czech teenager Linda Noskova.

The Pole sobbed into her towel at the end of the match, and she said with a relieved smile: “I was at the airport already. I wanted to fight until the end. She played perfectly so I knew it would be hard for anybody to maintain that level. I waited for the mistakes to come. I’m really proud of myself because it wasn’t easy.”

Iga Swiatek produces stunning third-set comeback to survive at Australian Open

Australian Open LIVE: Cameron Norrie vs Giulio Zeppieri

05:44 , Kieran Jackson

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Australian Open LIVE: Cameron Norrie vs Giulio Zeppieri

05:41 , Kieran Jackson

Cameron Norrie beats Giulio Zeppieri 3-6 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 6-4

Norrie gets it done! The 19th seed is through to the third round in Melbourne!

Zeppieri nets with a forehand at 40-15 to seal it and just for the third time in his career, Norris comes back from two sets down to triumph!

He will next play 11th seed Casper Ruud in round three on Saturday!

Australian Open LIVE: Cameron Norrie vs Giulio Zeppieri

05:36 , Kieran Jackson

*Cameron Norrie 3-6 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 5-4 Giulio Zeppieri

Norrie breaks!

A few uncharacteristic errors from the Italian and, at 30-40, Zeppieri nets a routine forehand!

Norrie will serve for the match! What a comeback this would be for the British No 1…

Australian Open LIVE: Cameron Norrie vs Giulio Zeppieri

05:33 , Kieran Jackson

Cameron Norrie 3-6 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 4-4 Giulio Zeppieri*

Some hold there from Cam Norrie!

The British No 1 sneaks level, winning a lengthy point at 30-30 with a terrific forehand winner down the line after a 27-shot rally!

Zeppieri then goes long, and the pressure is back on the Italian in this fifth set!

What is the Australian Open prize money?

05:30 , Kieran Jackson

The Australian Open prize money is at a record high for 2024 following a 13 per cent increase of £5.34m (AU$10m) from 2023.

The total prize pool now stands at £46.2m (AU$86.5m), with the men’s singles and women’s singles champions taking home around £1.67m (AU $3.15m) for winning the tournament.

Prize money has also been increased in the early rounds, with players who reach the main draw earning £64,000 – even if they do not win a match at the tournament.

Defending champion and record 10-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic is once again the favourite for the men’s title, while World No 1 Iga Swiatek and newly crowned US Open champion Coco Gauff will be the top contenders for Aryna Sabalenka’s crown in the women’s singles.

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Australian Open order of play and day 5 schedule

05:26 , Kieran Jackson

Emma Raducanu, Jack Draper, Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie are all in action in the Australian Open second round on Thursday on a busy day for the British players in Melbourne.

Raducanu made an impressive return to the grand slam stage on Tuesday as she defeated Shelby Rogers in straight sets and now takes on the world 94 Yafan Wang.

The 21-year-old has not reached the third round of a major since winning the US Open, and would face Boulter if the British No 1 makes it past Qinwen Zheng, the 12th seed.

Draper is also back in action after his gruelling five-set win over Marcos Giron, which saw the 22-year-old throw up post-match due to “psychological stress” of the encounter.

Draper now takes on 14th seed Tommy Paul, an opponent he defeated in Adelaide last week, while Norrie had a far more straight-forward assignment against qualifier Giulio Zeppieri.

Australian Open LIVE: Cameron Norrie in five-set battle in Melbourne

05:24 , Kieran Jackson

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the Australian Open on a big day for the Brits on day five!

Cameron Norrie is the first Brit in action and, after a few rain delays, is attempting to come back from two sets to love down against Italian qualifier and fellow lefty Giulio Zeppieri.

Following Norrie on the 1573 Arena is Katie Boulter and Emma Raducanu – if they both win, they will play each other in the third round.

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