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Jones siblings charge into singles quarterfinals at Australian Open 2024 | 24 January, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Jones siblings charge into singles quarterfinals at Australian Open 2024 | 24 January, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Gold Coast siblings Hayden and Emerson Jones are starring at the Australian Open 2024 Junior Championships.

Melbourne, Australia, 24 January 2024 | Leigh Rogers

It has been a memorable day for the Jones family at Australian Open 2024, with siblings Hayden and Emerson Jones advancing to their first Grand Slam singles quarterfinals.

The 15-year-old Emerson was the first to progress, after recording aย 7-5 6-3 victory against Americanย Tyra Caterina Grant in the third round of the girlsโ€™ singles competition.

โ€œItโ€™s pretty great,โ€ said the Gold Coast-based Jones after beating the world No.12 in 96 minutes.

โ€œI wasnโ€™t really expecting to go this far.โ€

Contesting her fifth junior Grand Slam tournament, this betters Jonesโ€™ third-round appearances in the girlsโ€™ singles events at Roland Garros and Wimbledon last year.

Jones, who sits at a career-high world No.8 in the junior rankings, also extends her current winning streak to nine matches.

It follows an impressive run at the Traralgon Junior International last week, which saw Jones become the first Australian to clinch the girlsโ€™ singles title in 24 years.

โ€œI played pretty well in Traralgon, but Iโ€™ve just got to keep my level here,โ€ said Jones, who becomes the first Aussie to reach this stage in an Australian Open girlsโ€™ singles draw since Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz in 2022.

โ€œThereโ€™s a lot of great players in juniors, so I have to play my best to beat them.โ€

Her older brother, 17-year-old Hayden, followed on Court 3 in a third-round boysโ€™ singles clash with Polandโ€™sย Tomasz Berkieta.

Jones notched a steelyย 6-4 5-7 7-5 victory against the big-hitting third seed, who tallied 49 winners to the Australianโ€™s 16 in the two-hour battle.

World No.33 Jonesโ€™ consistency paid off, committing only 16 unforced errors compared to world No.8 Berkietaโ€™s 48.

Jones, who is the first Australian to advance to a boysโ€™ singles quarterfinal at the Australian Open since Rinky Hijikata in 2018, is now the only seeded player remaining in his half of the draw.

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Aussies in action โ€“ Australian Open

Girlsโ€™ singles, third round
[6] Emerson Jones (AUS)ย d [9] Tyra Caterina Grant (USA) 7-5 6-3
[1] Renata Jamrichova (SVK) dย Maya Joint (AUS) 6-4 6-3

Boysโ€™ singles, third round
[16] Hayden Jones (AUS)ย d [3] Tomasz Berkieta (POL) 6-4 5-7 7-5
[4] Rei Sakamoto (JPN) dย [13] Pavle Marinkov (AUS) 4-6 6-0…

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