19-year-old Madison Keys made big news on Day 10 of the Australian Open with her upset of former world number one Venus Williams in the quarter-finals. The day’s other quarter-final winners included former champions Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.
Meanwhile, it was a delightful day for India with both Leander Paes and Sania Mirza reaching the mixed doubles semi-finals.
Madison Keys reaches first career Grand Slam semi
She had been touted as America’s next big talent for quite some time. On Wednesday, Madison Keys proved her potential by ousting seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams to reach her maiden career Slam semifinal.
And it did not come easy for the teenager. She had to fight an adductor injury and a soaring Venus who even led 3-1 in the third set. But Madison Keys swung the match her way from 3-1 down, winning five of the next six games to come through with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory.
Keys who recently tied up with former world one Lindsay Davenport and her husband Jon Leach, for coaching support, credited them for her remarkable improvements. Keys said:
“But they’ve been amazing, Lindsay and Jon. They’ve really helped me so much.”
Serena in sixth Australian Open semi
The world number one had to come back from a set down in her previous two matches. On Wednesday, Serena Williams took care of business in two straight sets.
Serena put up an emphatic display that saw her blast 31 winners past 2014 runner-up Dominika Cibulkova. The final score was 6-2, 6-2 in just 65 minutes. The 18-time Grand Slam champion last won the Australian Open title in 2010 but is looking good for another title. She will face Madison Keys in the semi-finals.
Stan Wawrinka continues to seek second crown
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka put up a fantastic performance to make his way into the semis. The backhand of the Swiss fourth seed did all the talking as he powered past Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6).
Novak Djokovic reaches 25th career Slam semi
Canadian number one Milos Raonic is known for his deadly serve. But he hardly posed any threat to four-time winner Novak Djokovic as the Serb easily broke his serve thrice in their quarter-final clash.
Raonic tried hard but after a tight first set, he could not find a way to make any inroads into Djokovic’s game as the top seed sealed a 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2 win. The world number one reached a milestone 25th career Grand Slam semi-final with this victory.
Novak Djokovic will challenge Stan Wawrinka for a place in the final. This will be the third straight year that Melbourne Park will witness a Djokovic v Wawrinka clash.
Leander, Sania in Australian Open mixed doubles semis
It turned out to be a good day for the Indian doubles stars at the Australian Open. Both Leander Paes and Sania Mirza made it through to the mixed doubles semis with their respective partners. This also means that Leander and Sania are on course for a much-awaited final showdown.
Sania Mirza was the first one to progress into the last-four stage. The Indian tennis queen who is playing with Brazilian Bruno Soares had no problems in dismissing the Aussie pair of Casey Dellacqua and John Peers. The US Open mixed doubles champions won 6-2, 6-2.
Seventh seeded Leander Paes and Martina Hingis followed them into the semis. They beat the pair of Andrea Hlavackova from Czech Republic and Austria’s Alexander Peya 6-3, 6-1.
In juniors, Sumit Nagal’s campaign came to an end in the third round with a 1-6, 1-6 defeat to Australia’s Marc Polmans. Sumit had a decent run in this tournament but came up short today.
Women’s semi-finals will take place on Day 11 of the Australian Open with Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams seeking their places in the final. Andy Murray will continue his quest of his first title at Melbourne as he clashes with Tomas Berdych in the first men’s semi-final.
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