Daria Gavrilova is through to the second week of the Australian Open after she won her third round match against Timea Bacsinzky on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old pocket rocket was the last remaining Aussie in the singles draws heading into the clash and stayed alive following a 6-3 5-7 6-4 triumph.
The epic Centre Court showdown lasted two-and-a-half hours, with Gavrilova breaking her Swiss opponent to love in the final game to claim the match.
The result sees the 22nd seed through to the Round of 16 at Melbourne Park for the second year in a row, where she’ll face fifth seed Czech Karolina Pliskova.
Gavrilova, who relies on her speed around the court to ware down opponents, was thankful for the home court support to help see her through post-match.
“I’m someone who’s always going to have tough matches because I can’t just blow someone off the court,” said Gavrilova.
“I don’t have a big serve, like, huge forehand or backhand. I think all my matches are going to be tough.”
Australia had nine players in the second round of the year’s first grand slam with men’s seeds Nick Kyrios and Bernard Tomic joined by Alex De Minaur, Jordan Thompson and Andrew Whittington.
Ashleigh Barty and Jaimee Fourlis joined Gavrilova in the women’s draw, with Barty the only other player to win through to the third round.
Now Australia’s hopes of a new grand slam champion rest with Gavrilova who will be back in action on Monday, with the game to feature on the big screen in the clubhouse.