Outlook for the Australian Open: semi-finals for women in Melbourne

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — THURSDAY FORECAST

Victoria Azarenka continues her quest for a third Australian Open title a decade after her last championship at Melbourne Park when she plays Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in one of the two women’s semifinals. On the other hand, Magda Linette is not seeded, she plays against the seeded No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka. Azarenka, now 33, won titles in Australia in 2012 and 2013 but has not finished in the last four since then. Azarenka defeated three Americans – 2020 Australian champion Sofia Kenin, Madison Keys and No. 3 Jessica Pegula – en route to her first semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam tournament since the 2020 US Open. Rybakina’s wins this year include last year’s finalist Danielle Collins and No. 1 Iga Swiatek. Rybakina beat Azarenka in straight sets in the third round of last year’s tournament in Indian Wells in their only previous meeting. Sabalenka defeated Linette in the previous two matches including the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

MAIN RESULTS OF WEDNESDAY

Women’s Quarter Finals: No.5 Aryna Sabalenka suffers. Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2; Magda Linette beat No. 30 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5.

Men’s Quarter Finals: Ben Shelton vs. Tommy Paul; No.4 Novak Djokovic vs. No.5 Andrey Rublev.

SAILING FOR THURSDAY

Partly cloudy with a high of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).

STATE OF THE DAY

29: Number of previous Grand Slam singles tournaments Linette had played without going past the third round.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“All my life I’ve taken failures and losses very personally, so I had to separate those two things. It was really difficult because I often felt that failure, mistakes, defined me.” Linette on her ongoing “emotional management” to deal with her life’s issues on and off the pitch.

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