American Jennifer Brady is through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after defeating Croatian world No.33 Donna Vekic.
The 22-seeded American today made it four straight matches without dropping a single set, defeating Vekic 6-1 7-5.
Today’s win for 25-year-old Brady means she’s now the last surviving member from the women’s draw who was forced to undergo hard quarantine prior to the tournament
Brady was one of the 72 players who had to go through a hard lockdown – two weeks stuck in a hotel room, not allowed to leave for any reason – after flying to Australia in January because a passenger on their flight tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival.
Discussing her approach to the hard quarantine period after a number of fellow stars spoke out against it, Brady said she read a number of google reviews as she questioned whether she could get through the tough 14 days.
“Honestly, before I even came to Australia, I was googling people’s experiences in hard lockdown – just to see what it was like,” she told Nine during her on-court interview
“I was joking with someone else, which I shouldn’t have joked about, but I honestly didn’t think I could do it.”
Brady later revealed Tennis Australia equipped her with a treadmill to make life easier, but admitted she had nothing to complain about given there are “way worse things going on in the world”.
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“A lot of people were complaining and I told myself I wasn’t going to complain,” she said.
“I mean, there are way worse things going on in the world than me being stuck in a hotel room for 14 days.
“Tennis Australia provided us with a bike. The last few days I had a treadmill. I had weights. I was able to train and work out. It was a small hotel room, but I was able to do everything that I needed to do to stay as fit as possible.
“If I started feeling bad for myself or started complaining, I think it would have made the 14 days a lot harder than it was. There were a couple of us that were pretty positive and tried to each day just be like, okay, only five more days and, yeah, we’re out.”
– with AP
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