Magda Linette has surprisingly reached the Australian Open semi-finals after beating Karolina Pliskova. There, the Pole now meets Aryna Sabalenka, who prevailed against Donna Vecic. Novak Djokovic and Tommy Paul are in the men’s semi-final. In doubles, Andreas Mies missed the turn of the last four.
Linette sat on Wednesday (01/25/2023) at melbourne with a 6:3, 7:5 win over former world number one Pliskova. Reaching the semi-finals is already her best major result for the 30-year-old Pole.
Linette pissed off her opponent, who also made too many small mistakes. “It’s so moving, I can’t believe it. I am super grateful and happy“Linette said after her success:”I won’t forget this for the rest of my life.”
For Pliskova, there are two finals left at Grand Slam level. In 2016, she was in New York in the final, five years later also in Wimbledon. The strong Linette, on the other hand, continues to dream of the big surprise coup in Melbourne. She is the third Polish semi-finalist in the australian open since the introduction of professional tennis in 1968.
Linette in the semi-final against Sabalenka
She now meets Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus), who didn’t drop a set in her ninth match this year. The 24-year-old won 6:3, 6:2 against Croatian Donna Vekic and is still aiming for her first major title. “It’s special here“, Zabalenka said.
In the second semi-final, Wimbledon champion Jelena Rybakina meets Wiktoria Asarenka.
Djokovic can’t be stopped by Rublew either
Novak Djokovic is just two wins away from his 22nd Grand Slam title. The 35-year-old Serbian is in the semi-finals for the tenth time after a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Russia’s Andrei Rublev. australian open. So far, Djokovic has always won the title in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year when he reached the last four.
26th consecutive success in Melbourne – Agassi’s record broken
On the strength of its 26th consecutive success in melbourne the Serbian also has the record of the American Andre Agassi for the longest winning streak in the Australia Open set. Djokovic wins again this time in melbourneit can come with Grand Slam– record winner Rafael Nadal of Spain can equalize. Rublev, on the other hand, cannot break his curse. He also lost his seventh major quarter-final.
Paul after beating Shelton in the semi-finals
Djokovic meets Friday in the duel for the final ticket Tommy Paulwho became the first American in 14 years to reach the semifinals of the australian open reached. The 25-year-old won his quarter-final against his compatriot Ben Shelton with 7:6 (8:6), 6:3, 5:7, 6:4 and celebrated the biggest Grand Slam tournament success of his career.
“Everyone dreams of starting to play tennis. I can’t believe I made it“, said Paul. The man outside New Jersey still has the chance to become the first male winner of the United States Grand Slam tournament in nearly 20 years. Last had in Andy Roddick an American player triumphed at the 2003 US Open.
The new wave of American tennis
Paul and the 20 year old Shelton represent the new wave of American tennis, which will also be reflected in the world ranking published next Monday after the end of the tournament ATP and WTA will make noticeable. Ten players will be listed in the top 50 for men and nine for women from the United States.
Mies eliminated in doubles
Andreas Mies made doubles in the first Grand Slam tournament with his new partner John Peers missed the semi-finals. The two-time French Open winner lost alongside the Australian to the number eight seeded duo Marcel Granollers (Spain) and Horace Zeballos (Argentina) 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6. Reaching the quarter-finals was Mies’ biggest achievement to date melbourne.
Last November, Mies announced the separation from his longtime successful partner Kevin Krawietz, with whom he won the Grand Slam title on sand in Paris in 2019 and 2020. Krawietz also has a new doubles partner in Tim Pütz . In melbourne however, he is missing as he will soon be a father.
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