Kerber v Halep, Woznaicki v Mertens On SF Thursday At Austalian Open; Cilic-Edmund At Night
by Staff | January 24th, 2018, 11:32 am
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It’s semifinal Thursday at the Australian Open. The women are on first with Caroline Wozniacki and Elise Mertens who each look for their first Australian Open semifinal.

Mertens enters her first Grand Slam semifinal riding a 9-match win streak, and she hasn’t dropped a set all event in her Melbourne debut.

“Of course everything is possible in tennis,” Mertens said. “If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen. But of course semis is ‘Wow.’

“But I’m ready for it. I mean, I have a lot of energy left. Mentally/physically good. I’m just going to give it all and see where it ends.”

Wozniacki, who saved two matchpoints against Jana Fett, is back to the semifinals in Australia for the first time since 2011, and she could leave not only with her first career Slam win, but also the No. 1 ranking.

“It feels great to be back here in the semifinals,” Wozniacki said. “It’s been a few years. Last time I was in the semifinals here, I had match points against Li Na. I lost it. That’s still haunting me till this day. So I’m hoping for a different result this time.”

The the second semi, 2016 champion Angelique Keber meets first-time Aussie semifinalist Simona Halep. After saving three matchpoints against Lauren Davis in the third round, Halep has been on fire. But Kerber, who leads Halep 4-3, looked dominant in a win yesterday over Madison Keys.

“I think it will be a long match with a lot of long rallies,” Kerber said of the match. “I played against her a lot of times, and it was always tough and close.”

In the evening, fresh off his stunning win over Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic is back under the lights to take on British No. 2 Kyle Edmund. Edmund crushed the hopes of Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday, and will look to do the same against the Croat who beat him in Shanghai last fall.

“Kyle had amazing run here,” said Cilic. “A lot of tough matches, played great tennis. He’s also very entertaining to watch. Big hitter, great serve, great forehand. Plays great on the hard courts.”


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52 Comments for Kerber v Halep, Woznaicki v Mertens On SF Thursday At Austalian Open; Cilic-Edmund At Night

Tennis Stud Says:

Cilic should get through this one in 4 sets.


j-kath Says:

C’mon Kyle!


RZ Says:

Halep is playing well but Kerber is having a rough go of it. Looks nothing like the player in tje previous rounds.


RZ Says:

Fortunately Kerber has gotten her act together


FedExpress Says:

Kerber had so many looks in Haleps service games.

This will haunt Kerber in the end.

Was already break up in the 3rd. Had game point for 2-0 after saving 3 BPs.

She will crack under the pressure I think.


FedExpress Says:

Halep serving for match.

Kerber had her chances. Didnt take them and now will lose the match.


FedExpress Says:

Scratch thta

What a point to break back.

still serving to stay in the match.

And in wta tennis the serve is a handicap


Anto Says:

Halap has yet a save a break point. But the last two times halep was broken, it was from a fantastic rally.


Anto Says:

How the hell does kerber saves these break points (match points in this case)


Anto Says:

If halep loses this match i will be pretty sad


RZ Says:

Both ladies fighting hard!


Anto Says:

I can’t believe Halep can’t even save one break point in the entire match. Kerber have broken her all the time 7/7.


Anto Says:

I think Halep is perfectly content with reaching semis.


Anto Says:

If halep breaks here, it will be pretty funny


FedExpress Says:

Both mental wracks.

Both served for the match. Both had MPs.

6-6


FedExpress Says:

Wta tennis in a nutshell


Anto Says:

Holy shit. This is so dramatic


RZ Says:

Nah she would have already lost if she was only content with getting to the semis


FedExpress Says:

Kerber dead tired

Halel should win this.


Anto Says:

Good hold by halep. Hopefully she can break kerber now and finish this off


FedExpress Says:

Wta tennis defies logic.


chico Says:

What a pair of marvellous women


RZ Says:

This match is great…but I want to go to sleep


chofer Says:

You’re all wrong! This is a fucking masterpiece!!!

I haven’t seen a woman’s match like this since Graf-Seles French Open final 92!

Nopne of you were born, lol.


Willow Says:

Fantastic match ….


Anto Says:

@RZ yeah. And I wanna got to have my lunch.


FedExpress Says:

Both are dead.

Woz is the real winner tbh. Cant see one of these making a match on saturday.


chofer Says:

Perhaps a Capriati-Clijsters at the FO. Or pick a Serena-Henin. But this is right there!


chofer Says:

This is Graf-Seles 92 FO Final-like masterpiece!!!


Anto Says:

Come on halep this is you chance.


chofer Says:

None of you were born,lol


chofer Says:

Best women’s match in a decade IMHO. Masterpiece!


Anto Says:

This match has some amazing rallies. Match point for halep again.


chofer Says:

Standing O’s to both.


FedExpress Says:

Both choked but Kerber choked harder

Should have closed out the deal when leading 6-5 and serving for the match and having 2 MPs on her serve.

Will take time to recover from that.


Anto Says:

Yeah Halep won. What a fantastic match


Wog Boy Says:

YEEEES

Best match of the tournament so far, male and female.


Willow Says:

Absolutely fantastic, what a match, had everything, shame there had to be a loser, sorry for Angie, but so happy for Simona, awesome well done ladies ….


Anto Says:

@FedExpress I don’t know how you can classify this match as a choke by both players.


chofer Says:

Thrilling, well-played, gritty. Outstanding.


RZ Says:

Terrific drama in tbis match. Congrats to Halep on gutting out the win. As for Kerber, it’s a tough loss but she is back!

I’m off to bed.
Anto, enjoy your lunch!


Danica Says:

Woooow, what a match. Just fantastic!!! Now Simona, please do go all the way. Please, win this.

Congrats to both ladies, Kerber and Halep, this was beautifully nerve wrecking.


Willow Says:

Lots of fabulous shot making from both ….


Van Persie Says:

No comment…

Cngrats to both, but am happy that my fave won :)

Simo, will you be my Djokovic?


Anto Says:

I really like Halep’s mentality.


Margot Says:

What a well earned victory for Simona! Go get your first slam, girl!
But what a fighter Angie is, not playing her best and her serve below par, her gutsy grit brought her back from the dead.
Fabulous.


Anto Says:

When was the last time a women’s GS final was contested between the No1 and No2.


chofer Says:

I don’t think Wozniaki could have gamed with these two, today.

No way. Halep showed a grit I didn’t think was on her. She’s ready.

I she’s enough fit…


Margot Says:

And of course C’mon Kyle!


Willow Says:

Come on Kyle ….


j-kath Says:

Margot and Willow: Joining you with a big C’MON KYLE!” All we need is a Northern Ireland Tx poster and all together we represent the whole of the UK & NI.

As you probably heard, Andrew Castle has been tossing his 2 cents worth of wisdom on TV!!!!!


BBB Says:

Wow, I did not think Halep would beat Kerber at all, let alone in a three setter.

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