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Melbourne first semi-final: Ribakina – Azarenka 7:6 (4)



Youngster Matic Križnik stayed in the semifinals of doubles (M)

The second Thursday in the first Grand Slam tournament is the day for the semi-finals of the female tennis players. In the first pair, the 22nd seeded Jelena Ribakina and the 24th seeded Viktorija Azarenka are competing for the final, and in the second, the 5th seeded Arina Sabalenka and the unseeded Magda Linnette.

The first women’s semifinal kicked off at 9:30 CET at Rod Laver Arena.

The opening set lasted exactly one hour and after extended play, Jelena Ribakina took the lead with 7:6 (4). Until the fifth game, both tennis players were reliable on their serve, then Kazakhstan took a 5:3 lead with two breaks, but Viktoria Azarenka came back with a rebreak. After the Belarusian failed to use three balls for the third break of serve at 5:6, the extended game was decided, where Ribakina took advantage of the first opportunity for a set.

Kazakh woman Jelena Ribakina she is the winner of last year’s Wimbledon and also won the only head-to-head match so far. On the other side is a Belarusian Victoria Azarenka the two-time winner of Melbourne, who returned to the semi-finals of her favorite tournament after ten long years.

Jelena Ribakina and Arina Sabalenko are the favorites for the semi-final matches.  Last year, the Kazakh played in the Wimbledon final, which she also won.  Meanwhile, the Belarusian (pictured) has never played in the finals of a Big Four tournament.  Photo: EPA

The second semi-final will start on Center Court in Melbourne after the conclusion of the first semi-final. He is among the remaining four Arina Sabalenka by far the highest placed and also ranked player, as she is currently the 5th tennis player in the world. The Belarusian has also won both matches so far, and she is also the only one who has not dropped a single set at the tournament in Australia. Polish woman Magda Linette she is playing for a career success, as she has never played in the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament.


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Women, semi-finals

Today at 9:30 a.m. (Rod Laver Arena):RIBAKINA (KAZ/22) – AZARENKA (BLR/24)7:6 (4), -:-

SABALENKA (BLR/5) – LINETTE (POL) after the end of the first semi-final

A young Slovenian in the semi-finals of the doubles

Matic Križnik reached the semi-finals of the doubles in his first ever appearance at junior Grand Slam tournaments. 17-year-old Križnik and Italian Federico Bondioli defeated the American-Czech midfielder Alexander Frusin and Jan Hrazdil 7:6 (10), 5:7, 10:7 in the quarterfinals.

But the Slovenian-Italian tie then had the semi-finals on the same day, where the seventh seeds from the USA Learner Tien and Cooper Williams after 62 minutes better with 6:3 and 6:3.

Matic Križnik, a protégé of former Slovenian tennis player Blaž Kavčič, also played among individuals. The 43rd youngster in the ITF ranking was eliminated in the first round against Turk Karahan Atakan.

Among the juniors, Ela Nala Milić also played. The daughter of former basketball player Marko Milić was eliminated in the first round of singles and in the second round of doubles in her third appearance at the Big Four youth tournaments.

Source: Rtvslo

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