Whereas Iga Swiatek’s shock loss to Linda Noskova on Saturday means no top-10 seeds made the fourth spherical within the high half of the draw, Sabalenka and Gauff are on a semi-final collision course within the backside half.
Neither has but dropped a set and so they misplaced solely eight video games between them within the fourth spherical, Sabalenka beating Amanda Anisimova 6-3 6-2 and Gauff racing to a 6-1 6-2 victory over Magdalena Frech.
It was a very spectacular win and efficiency from defending champion Sabalenka, who had misplaced 4 of her earlier 5 matches in opposition to Anisimova.
The 22-year-old American has been resurgent right here having missed most of final season for psychological well being causes however couldn’t match the precision energy of her opponent.
Anisimova reacted to the defeat by dropping her racket on the courtroom and leaving it there as she walked off Margaret Court Area.
“I’m tremendous proud of the extent, pleased to get this win,” mentioned Sabalenka. “She’s a troublesome opponent and I’m tremendous pleased to see her again on tour. I’m fairly positive she’ll be again on the high quickly.
“I actually need to keep right here so long as I can till the final day and, hopefully, we are able to get this one another time.”
Gauff is treading new floor having made it by means of to the final eight at Melbourne Park for the primary time.
“I’m tremendous pleased to be on this place and be right here,” mentioned the 19-year-old. “I feel I had three fourth rounds. It’s cool to recover from that hump. Hopefully I can preserve going for extra.”
Subsequent she is going to tackle Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk, who made the final eight at a slam for the primary time with a 6-2 6-1 victory over qualifier Maria Timofeeva.