Ash Barty is the lone Australian remaining in a singles draw at the Australian Open.
Barty defeated Russia’s top ranked player Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 6-4.
de Minaur was not able to advance past Italy’s Fabio Fognini, losing 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Barty came back from a break down in both sets. She lost the opening game of the match and was also broken in the fifth game of the second set.
The world no. 1 was putting pressure on the Russian with her backhand slice shots.
In both sets Barty broke back a few games after being broken herself and then she would mount the pressure and break again.
Next up for Barty is a rematch against Shelby Rogers who she beat just last week.
The match was played without a crowd. Barty described playing in the empty stadium as “very strange” after the match.
“It changes the sound of the court a little bit,” she explained.
“Something I’ve never experienced before ever in my life, so it’s very strange.
“We had to have a bit of a chat about it with my team obviously just to prepare and try to be ready for anything, but I didn’t want it to affect the way I played tonight. I didn’t want it to affect how I went about my business.”
Italy’s Fabio Fognini was too good for Australia’s Alex de Minaur defeating him in three sets.
Fognini did however fade late in the match and almost let the Australian back into the match after holding a two break advantage and serving for the match at 5-2.
de Minaur would break and then hold for Fognini to attempt to serve out the match for a second time.
It was 30-30 and de Minuar had a golden opportunity to have a look at a break point however a costly error instead gave his opponent the match point.
This time Fognini was able to close it out.
Fognini was very impressive up to the 5-2 game in the third set. He hit 25 winners to 13.
The Italian now faces Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.