MELBOURNE – TILL THURSDAY
Victoria Azarenka continues her quest for a third Australian Open title ten years after her last championship at Melbourne Park when she plays Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in one of two nightly women’s semi-finals. Unseeded Magda Lynette plays No. 5 seeded Arina Sobolenko in another. The now 33-year-old Azarenka won titles in Australia in 2012 and 2013, but she hasn’t returned to the final four since. Azarenka beat three Americans – 2020 Australian Champion Sofia Kenin, Madison Keys and No. 3 seed Jessica Pegula – en route to her first Grand Slam semi-final entry since the 2020 US Open. Among Rybakina’s victories this year are last year’s finalist Danielle Collins and Iga Swiatek, who took first place in the ranking. Rybakina beat Azarenka in straight sets in the third round of last year’s Indian Wells tournament in their only previous meeting. Sobolenko has beaten Lynette in both previous matches, including at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
MAIN RESULTS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Women. Quarter-finals: No. 5 Arina Sobolenko defeated Donna Vekic 6:3, 6:2; Magda Lynette beat the 30th Karolina Pliskova with a score of 6:3, 7:5.
Men. Quarterfinals: Ben Shelton vs. Tommy Paul; No. 4 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 5 Andrey Rublev.
FORECAST FOR THURSDAY
Partly cloudy with a maximum of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).
STATISTICS OF THE DAY
29: The number of previous singles Grand Slams Lynette has played in without advancing past the third round.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“All my life I took mistakes and losses very close to my heart, so I had to separate these two things. It was really difficult because I felt many times that slips and mistakes define me.”
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