Dhe tennis players Magda Linette and Aryna Sabalenka have reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. First, the Pole Linette continued her unexpected run of success on Wednesday with a 6:3, 7:5 in the quarter-final match against the disappointing Czech Karolina Pliskova and celebrated the biggest Grand Slam success of her career so far. “A dream comes true, I’m just happy,” said the 30-year-old afterwards: “I’ll never forget that. That stays for life.”
In the fight for the final ticket, Linette meets Sabalenka on Thursday. The Belarusian then defeated the Croatian Donna Vekic 6: 3, 6: 2 in the Rod Laver Arena and reached a Grand Slam semifinal for the fourth time in her career. In her nine games this year, Sabalenka has not dropped a single set. “I’m super happy with the win, the atmosphere was incredible,” said Sabalenka, who has now gotten her service problems under control.
Linette is the third Polish woman to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open in the professional era. Her compatriot Iga Swiatek, who traveled to Down Under as the world number one as a tournament favorite, has been eliminated since the round of 16.
In the men’s tournament, Tommy Paul became the first American in 14 years to reach the semi-finals at the Australian Open. The 25-year-old won his quarterfinals against compatriot Ben Shelton 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 3, 5: 7, 6: 4 and thus also achieved the greatest Grand Slam tournament success of his career so far. “Everyone dreams of starting to play tennis. I can’t believe I made it,” Paul said.
Paul still has the chance to become the first male Grand Slam tournament winner from the USA in almost 20 years. Last had in Andy Roddick a US player triumphed at the 2003 US Open. The world number 35 meets in the semifinals. on the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Andrei Rublev.
Paul and 20-year-old Shelton represent the new wave in US tennis, which will also be reflected in the ATP and WTA world rankings that will be published next Monday after the end of the tournament. Ten players will be listed in the top 50 for the men and nine for the women from the USA.
Meanwhile, doubles player Andreas Mies missed the first Grand Slam Tournament the semifinals with his new partner John Peers. The two-time French Open winner lost alongside the Australian against number eight seeded duo Marcel Granollers (Spain) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 2), 2: 6.
“Of course you’re disappointed so shortly after the match and don’t see the positive things. But there are many positives that we can draw from the last two and a half weeks,” said Mies at Eurosport: “It’s definitely a good start. But I think there could have been more, so it annoys me a bit.”
Reaching the quarter-finals was Mies’ greatest success so far at the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne. “It feels very good. That’s what you hope for from a new partnership,” the 32-year-old said after the round of 16 about his new doubles partner Peers: “It’s like love: you don’t know how it will be. It’s hard work to make it work well together.”
Last November, Mies separated from his long-time successful partner Kevin Krawietz, with which he won the Grand Slam title on clay in Paris in 2019 and 2020. Krawietz also has a new doubles partner in Tim Pütz. In Melbourne, however, he is missing because he will soon be a father.