Sabalenka and Linette to Meet in Australian Open Semifinals

Sabalenka and Linette to Meet in Australian Open Semifinals
Aryna Sabalenka in action during the second round of the 2021 Western & Southern Open WTA 1000 tennis tournament against Paula Badosa

Two first-timers – Aryna Sabalenka and Magda Linette are through to the final four of the Australian Open. They battle it out tomorrow for a chance to make it to the finals of the Grand Slam. This is the first Australian Open semifinals for both players.

Sabalenka took down Donna Vekic in straight sets 6-3 6-2 in the quarterfinals. The match lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes. It extended Sabalenka’s winning streak. A few weeks ago, she also won the title at the Adelaide International I.

In addition to her winning streak at Melbourne Park, Sabalenka is also yet to play a three-setter match.

She goes into her semifinals with Linette as the heavy favorite. She is also the favorite to win the whole thing. The Belarusian is also the highest remaining seed in the women’s draw.

“It feels really special to be in the semi-finals here, it was a tough match,” said Sabalenka.

“I’m super happy with the win and it was so great to play here today, the atmosphere was unbelievable.”

Linette, on the other hand, staged a surprising upset of former World Number 1 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5. This is her first major Grand Slam.

The match lasted 87 minutes and surprised even Linette who said: “Maybe I still don’t really believe it.”

“I’m so emotional, I can’t really believe it,” she added.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m super grateful and happy. Thank you for cheering and supporting me, I really needed this.”

“So we keep going. I don’t want to get too excited because we are still in the tournament,” she also said.

The other two players remaining in the women’s draw who will face each other in the semifinals are Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and Victoria Azarenka.

Maree cartujano
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