MELBOURNE – Two days after advancing to her first Grand Slam quarter-final, unseeded Magda Lynette was one better to advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
30-year-old Lynette beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday, adding the former No. 1 to the list of the best players she has beaten at Melbourne Park during this tournament.
Lynettewho lost seven of her previous nine matches against Pliskova, defeated Anette Kontaveit, Ekaterina Alexandrova and WTA Finals champion Caroline Garcia in consecutive rounds.
The player from Poland was favored to advance to the last stages of the tournament, but everyone expected it to be the top seeded Iga Swiatek, not Lynette.
“It’s so emotional I can’t believe it,” Lynette said. “I tried to stay calm and took risks when I could.”
Lynette will play Wednesday’s second women’s quarter-final winner between No. 5 Arina Sobolenko and unseeded Donna Vekic. They meet in the semi-finals on Thursday night.
Other semi-finalists among women were determined on Tuesday. Two-time former Australian champion Victoria Azarenko will play Wimbledon title holder Elena Rybakina for a chance to play in Saturday’s final. Rybakina defeated Swiatek in the fourth round.
Later on Wednesday, the remaining semi-finalists among men will be determined. Unseeded Americans Ben Shelton and Tommy Paul play in front of a nine-time champion Novak Djokovic taken by Andrey Rublev.
Djokovic will be looking to reach his 44th Grand Slam semi-final and a victory in this match on Friday will advance him to his 33rd singles final on Sunday night.
In the other men’s semi-final on Friday, third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will play Karen Khachanov.
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