Storm Hunter and Czech partner Katerina Siniakova are through to the women’s doubles quarterfinals at Australian Open 2024.
Storm Hunter has accomplished a 24-year first by advancing to the women’s doubles quarterfinals alongside Czech partner Katerina Siniakova at Australian Open 2024.
It is the third consecutive year that Hunter has reached this stage in the Australian Open women’s doubles competition, making her the first Aussie to achieve this feat since Rennae Stubbs in 2000.
World No.1 Hunter and world No.13 Siniakova sealed their progression with a commanding 6-2 6-2 victory against Ekaterina Alexandrova and Anna Kalinskaya at Kia Arena this afternoon.
It was a near-perfect match for Hunter and Siniakova, who tallied 28 winners, committed just two unforced errors and conceded only 13 points on serve.
After making slow starts in their opening two rounds, the third seeds required only 71 minutes to triumph in their third-round encounter.
“We’re a new partnership, so still working it out on the court,” Hunter said.
“The most important thing is that we’re really enjoying it and working together as a team. We’re super happy to be in the quarterfinals.”
Hunter and Siniakova’s quarterfinal opponents are yet to be decided.
It could be Czech Barbora Krejcikova and her German partner Laura Siegemund, if they beat Emma Navarro and Diana Shnaider in the third round.
Krejcikova is Siniakova’s former long-time partner and eliminated Hunter in a three-set third-round singles battle earlier this week.
Hunter also scored a first-round doubles win today alongside fellow Western Australian Matt Ebden. They scored a straight-sets win over the reigning Wimbledon champions, Lyudmyla Kichenok and Mate Pavic.
“As an Australian athletes we don’t get to play much in Australia, so I’m really enjoying this time in January and trying to get out on court as much as possible,” Hunter said.
Aussies in action – Australian Open
Women’s doubles, third round
 Storm Hunter (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) d Ekaterina Alexandrova/Anna Kalinskaya 6-2 6-2
Mixed doubles, first round
 Storm Hunter (AUS)/Matt Ebden (AUS) d Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Mate Pavic (CRO) 6-3 6-2
Men’s doubles, third round
 Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v  Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Nikola…