Melbourne Airport (AFP)
World number nine Iga Swiventek of Poland advanced to the semifinals of the first Grand Australian Open, defeating Gaya Kanepi (115) of Estonia 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. Slam match.
Švientek and American Daniel Collins scored a date in the semifinals with «30,, beating French Alice Cornett 7-5, 6-1 in the other quarter.
The Polish champion, who defeated the French Roland Karos in 2020, reached the semifinals for the first time in another “Grand Slam”.
After dominating her first three matches, Soundech struggled to beat eighth-placed Romanian Sorana Cristia “38” 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the set.
After the win against Canepi, Svyantech acknowledged the words of his coaching staff: “After my match against Sorana, my team told me I’m sure to win, even if I lose the first set, so I thought so.”
World No. 9 had several breaks in the first set, but the Estonian, in his first break, beat Svende and maintained his lead, although Poland managed to save 8 balls and finish the set.
As Svyantech dominated and tied the score at 1-1, both players played a tiebreak in the second set, after tying the break points twice each.
In the third set, Svientic did not give his opponent a chance and broke his serve to advance to 5-2, before Kanepi responded by winning a game, but did not avoid defeat in the set and match.
The 36-year-old, formerly ranked 15th in the world, reached the quarter-finals twice in the other three major tournaments in 2012, but failed to advance to the third round in Melbourne.
This year, he surprised many in Australia, with Angelique Gerber (20) of Germany, the winner of three major championships in the first round, and Belarusian player Arena Sabalenga, second in the world, in the final.
In the second match, Collins did not defeat the 32-year-old Frenchman, who defeated third-seeded Corbin Muguroza of Spain, a two-time Grand Slam winner, was eliminated from the second round, and former world number one Simona Halep from the 16th round.
“It’s an incredible feeling, especially after the health issues he faced,” said Collins, 28, who, when referring to his surgery last year, will try to book his ticket to the final for the first time in a Grand Slam final.
“Getting back to that level, fighting like I did and being physically strong is a nice bonus.”
Collins won the Italian Championships with San Jose and Palermo in Melbourne, reaching the semifinals for the second time since 2019.
“Especially when we play against these strong players, as has happened in the last two matches, in real matches and in high quality,” said Elise Martens of Cornet and Belgium, defeating herself with 4- difficulty. 6, 6-4, 6-4 in price. Final.
Collins broke Cornet’s serve early, then responded and tied the ball 5-5, coming back and losing his serve and first set.
The French did not attack in the second set, and the American advanced 5-0, and Garnett won an orphanage game to retain his honor, with Collins ending the set and the match one hour and 28 minutes later.
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