Anna Blinkova needed 10 match points before finally finishing an upset of 2023 finalist Elena Rybakina in a half-hour tiebreaker to reach the third round of the Australian Open. Blinkova was a break up in all three sets, but the third-ranked Rybakina rallied each time. The 2022 Wimbledon champion had six match points of her own before eventually running out of chances in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (20) defeat. In terms of points, at 42, it was the longest tiebreaker in a women’s Grand Slam, passing the 38-point tiebreaker between Lesia Tsurenko and Ana Bogdan at last year’s Wimbledon. It was also the longest tiebreaker ever at the Australian Open for men’s or women’s singles. Rybakina became the fifth top-seeded women to lose in the first two rounds. The five remaining top-10 women are the fewest in the third round of the Australian Open under the 128 main draw format (since 1988).