July 13, 2024

Melbourne: Women's quarter-finals – Sabalenka advances to semi-finals – Gauff is waiting there – Sports

Melbourne: Women's quarter-finals – Sabalenka advances to semi-finals – Gauff is waiting there – Sports

  • Aryna Sabalenka (BLR/WTA 2) easily defeated Barbora Krejcikova (CZE/WTA 11) in two sets.
  • After an hour and 11 minutes, their qualification to the semi-finals of the Australian Open was confirmed with a score of 6:2, 6:3.
  • In the semi-finals she will face Coco Gauff (USA/WTA 4), who defeated Marta Kostyuk (UK/WTA 37) in three sets 7:6 (8:6), 6:7 (3). :7), 6:2.

Aryna Sabalenka needed just over an hour to advance to the semi-finals. She conceded just five games against Barbora Krejkova in the quarter-finals. Even in the fifth match at the Australian Open, Sabalenka remained without losing a set and lost a maximum of three games in a set.

Sabalenka was able to hit two breaks early in both sets and take a 4-1 lead. In both rounds Krejcikova managed to break the lead to 4:2 and come back a little closer before Sabalenka pulled away. The 25-year-old Belarusian now advances to the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the sixth time in a row and will face Coco Gauff there.

He swallowed hard

On her way to her first semi-final at the Australian Open, Marta Kostyuk demanded everything from the American. The 19-year-old, who easily conquered the table in Melbourne without dropping a set, dropped her serve a total of seven times against the Ukrainian, who was two years her senior. Only after 3:07 hours did she get the win in three sets.

The first two sentences were hard to beat in terms of drama. In the first round, Gauff was trailing 1:5 before reaching a tiebreaker by winning five games in a row. In the short decision she maintained the upper hand and took the lead in the group.

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In the second set, it was the US Open champion who was unable to break her lead twice. Gauff led 4:2 and 5:3 but failed to finish the match early. Only in the decisive sentence did Jove adjust the balance of power and quickly withdraw.