hi tennis @Fan@ Well, that was a pleasure to watch. An absolute ding-dong match that swung this way and that over the course of three thrilling sets. In the end, the world No1 Simona Halep had just enough to finally see off the challenge of Angelique Kerber, but in fairness, neither had much left in their respective tanks.
Halep goes through to a mouthwatering final against Caroline Wozniacki, with both players seeking to win their maiden grand slam title. Indeed, Wozniacki might just be as pleased as Halep at this point, given she was already out of the ice bath and lying on her hotel bed by the time the Romanian secured victory. The gruelling nature of that contest may yet have an impact on Saturday night’s match.
Thanks for joining us today. Another liveblog will be firing up shortly to take in the men’s semi-final between Marin Cilic and Kyle Edmund – make sure you stick around to tune into that one. But from me, it’s goodbye.
WE already knew Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki can play the game, at stages better than any other women on the planet.
Halep came into this most open of Opens as the world number one. Has been for 16 weeks.Caroline Wozniacki has been there, done that, for 67 weeks.
The semifinals at the 2018 Australian Open are set to begin Wednesday with Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, and Marin Cilic among the big names in action.
Play gets underway at 7 p.m. ET. The Tennis Channel will have coverage through 9 p.m., where ESPN2 will take over through 2 a.m. on Thursday. At 3:30 a.m., the men’s semifinal between Cilic and Kyle Edmund will take place. All of these matches are actually taking place on Thursday in Melbourne.Live streaming of all courts will be available on WatchESPN.
The two women’s semifinals will begin around 10 p.m. In the first, Wozniacki, the second seed, will be taking on Elise Mertens, an unseeded player. Wozniacki is coming off a win over the tough Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinals, and before that, bested 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets.
After that, Halep, the top seed, will face Angelique Kerber, the No. 21 seed. Halep is coming off an impressive straight-set victory over Karolina Pliskova, the women’s sixth seed. Kerber bounced Madison Keys, the 17th-seeded American, in her quarterfinal matchup, also in straight sets.
Cilic is the sixth seed while Edmund is an unseeded player. Cilic bested Rafael Nadal, the top seed, in the quarterfinals. Nadal had to retire with an injury. Edmund earned a huge win over third seed Grigor Dimitrov, and is riding a ton of momentum.You can find results, scores, and schedules for the women’s singles bracket at the Australian Open right here. Results for the men’s side can be found here.Below is all you need to know to follow the Australian Open action on Wednesday.
The semi-finals for the 2018 Australian Open are set for Thursday, when top seed Simona Halep will take on a resurgent Angeleique Kerber, while No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki must beat Elise Mertens to reach the final in Melbourne.
Kerber is targeting her first Grand Slam final since winning the 2016 U.S. Open but faces an in-form Halep, who has only lost one set en route to the last four.
It’s been a similar wait getting back into Slam territory for Wozniacki, whose last semi-final appearance at a major came at the 2016 U.S. Open, while it’s been a little more than three years since her last participation in a major final.
Standing in her path is unseeded Mertens, who has beaten all her opponents thus far in straight sets, blazing a trail as one to keep an eye on in the competition.
Read on for a breakdown of all the vital viewing information heading into Thursday’s semi-final slate, complete with a preview of the women’s singles’ penultimate stage.
Last year was a forgettable one for Kerber after winning the first two majors of her career in 2016; she failed to get past the fourth round in any of the four Slams in 2017.
Despite coming into the Australian Open as the 21st seed, her form in Melbourne suggests 2017 was an anomaly, as tennis writer Courtney Nguyen attested:
The German defeated Madison Keys in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 in the quarter-finals, although Halep impressed herself in the previous round, ousting sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 to make the last four of this tournament for the first time in her career.
Kerber has the advantage of having previously made it to this stage of the competition, but the Romanian was in a jovial mood after beating Pliskova, per the official Australian Open Twitter account:
Wozniacki is also targeting what some may feel is an overdue maiden Grand Slam.
The Dane proved en route to a 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2 quarter-final win over Carla Suarez Navarro she deserves her spot among the last four, and tennis writer Jose Morgado detailed the semi-finalists’ recent credentials:
Her 6-4, 6-0 romp over No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina served as the best proof yet the 22-year-old can be an elite contender on her day, and she needs one more shock win if she’s to make the final in Melbourne.
Mertens has already taken two seeded opponents out of the running Down Under and beaten the experienced Alize Cornet and Petra Martic, thus gaining a momentum Wozniacki might struggle to slow.