Brisbane, Australia, 2 January 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Arina Rodionova has recorded another stunning victory to charge into the third round at the Brisbane International.

After posting her first top-50 win in almost four years during the opening round, the Aussie wildcard’s giant-killing run continued today at Pat Rafter Arena.

Rodionova thrilled local fans with a hard-fought 7-5 7-6(7) victory against Australian Open 2020 champion Sofia Kenin.

With her relentless efforts, Rodionova created 21 break-point opportunities on world No.37 Kenin’s service games throughout the match.

Her fighting spirit was particularly on show late in the second set as she clawed back from a 2-5 deficit.

“I’m a little speechless now and a little tired,” Rodionova beamed after the two-hour and 25-minute battle.

“It was a great match and I think the level was very high.

“She’s obviously such a great player and her achievements are amazing, so I came out with no expectations and as I said after the last match, I just tried to enjoy it out here and I am really enjoying it.”

It marks the first time the 34-year-old from Melbourne has scored consecutive top-50 wins in her career. It is also the first time she has won back-to-back WTA main-draw matches since July 2017.

> READ MORE: Arina Rodionova – “I think I surprised a lot of people”

Rodionova’s third-round opponent is yet to be decided. She’ll either face fourth seed Liudmila Samsonova or teen sensation Mirra Andreeva for a place in the quarterfinals.

Currently ranked No.113, Rodionova is projected to rise to a new career-high and verge on a top-100 debut with her performance this week.

Aussies in action – Brisbane International

Women’s singles, first round
[Q] Olivia Gadecki (AUS) [WC] Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 4-6 6-0 6-4

Women’s singles, second round
[WC] Arina Rodionova (AUS) d [14] Sofia Kenin (USA) 7-5 7-6(7)

Men’s singles, first round
Jordan Thompson (AUS) Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) 6-3 6-2
[WC] Rinky Hijikata (AUS) Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 7-6(8) 6-2
[Q] James Duckworth (AUS) 
d J.J. Wolf (USA) 6-3 6-4
[WC] Jason Kubler (AUS) d [8] Aslan Karatsev 6-4 6-7(4) ret.
Daniel Altmaier (GER) d [Q] Li Tu (AUS) 7-6(5) 7-6(4)

> READ: Duckworth continues winning run at Brisbane International

Men’s doubles, first round 
John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Andreas Mies (GER) d [Alt] Sebastian Baez (ARG)/Francisco Comesana (ARG) 6-4 7-6(6)

Men’s singles, second round
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v Roman Safiullin
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v TBC
[Q] James Duckworth (AUS) v Yannick Hanfmann (GER)
[WC] Jason Kubler (AUS) v [WC] Rafael Nadal (ESP)
[WC] Rinky Hijikata (AUS) v [Q] Tomas Machac (CZE)

> VIEW: Brisbane International 2024 men’s singles draw

Women’s singles, second round
[Q] Olivia Gadecki (AUS) v [2] Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
[WC] Daria Saville (AUS) v [11] Anastasia Potapova

Women’s singles, third round
[WC] Arina Rodionova (AUS) v TBC

> VIEW: Brisbane International 2024 women’s singles draw

Men’s doubles, first round 
[WC] James Duckworth (AUS)/Chris O’Connell (AUS) v Matteo Arnaldi (ITA)/Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG)

Men’s doubles, second round
[4] Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS) v John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Andreas Mies (GER)
[6] John Peers (AUS)/Harri Heliovaara (FIN) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)/Sebastian Korda (USA)
Max Purcell (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [5] Nikola Mektic (CRO)/Hugo Nys (MON)

Women’s doubles, second round
[WC] Daria Saville (AUS)/Daria Kasatkina v [2] Chan Hao-Ching (TPE)/Giuliana Olmos (MEX)

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