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Aussie wildcards eyeing semifinal spot at Australian Open 2023 | 25 January, 2023 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Aussie wildcards eyeing semifinal spot at Australian Open 2023 | 25 January, 2023 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Melbourne, Australia, 25 January 2023 | Leigh Rogers

Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata are lighting up Melbourne Park with their amazing run in the Australian Open 2023 men’s doubles competition.

The Aussie wildcards knocked out the sixth seeds in the second round, then fought back from match point down to clinch a remarkable third-round victory.

Remarkably, Kubler, who is currently ranked No.163 in doubles, and Hijikata, the world No.277, are teaming up for the first time.

“Hopefully we keep it going,” Kubler said.

“We’re just riding the wave right now. We’re using everyone’s energy and fighting until the end.”

Kubler and Hijikata are among 22 Aussie players scheduled to compete on day 10 at Melbourne Park.

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Aussies in action:

[14] John Peers (AUS)/Andreas Mies (GER) v [8] Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Men’s doubles, quarterfinals, Kia Arena, first match (from 1pm AEDT)
Peers has advanced to his fourth Australian Open doubles quarterfinal. The 34-year-old, who grew up in Melbourne, is now hoping to reach his third semifinal and first since 2019. The world No.38 and Mies, a 32-year-old German ranked No.22, are playing just their second tournament together, but are proving a formidable team. They face world No.16 Granollers and world No.14 Zeballos, who are aiming to reach back-to-back Australian Opens semifinals.

[4] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) v Marta Kostyuk (UKR)/Elena-Gabriela Ruse (ROU)
Women’s doubles, quarterfinals, Margaret Court Arena, second match (not before 1pm AEDT)
Hunter, a 28-year-old who lives in Melbourne, is thriving in a new partnership with world No.5 Mertens, a 27-year-old from Belgium. The fourth seeds have been building impressive momentum and now face world No.38 Kostyuk, a 20-year-old Ukrainian, and world No.89 Ruse, a 25-year-old Romanian. World No.12 Hunter is contesting her second Australian Open women’s doubles quarterfinal and aiming to reach a first semifinal.

> VIEW: Australian Open 2023 women’s doubles draw

[WC] Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS) v [1] Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Neal Skupski (GBR)
Men’s doubles, quarterfinals, Kia Arena, second match
Aussie wildcards, 21-year-old Hijikata and 29-year-old Kubler, are enjoying a career-best run in a Grand Slam men’s doubles draw. They face a big test in the quarterfinals, where they meet the tournament’s top seeds. Koolhof, a 33-year-old from the Netherlands, and…

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