Day 11 at the 2022 Australian Open was straightforward in determining the finalists in the Woman’s singles draw.

Local favourite, Ashleigh Barty made history this morning. The 25-year old pulled off yet another straight-set victory. This time over American, Madison Keys to become this first Australian to compete in the Grand Slam down under since Wendy Turnball in 1980.

The other Yank to compete in the 2022 Australian Open semi-final achieved more success. The 27th seed, Danielle Collins was ruthless in terms of accuracy against the Seventh seed, Iga Swiatek. The straight-set victory sees Collins advance to her first Major final.

Aussie Aussie Aussie – Oi Oi Oi

Top seed, Ash Barty made a huge statement at the Rod Laver Arena and looks poised to break the Turnball-curse. The Aussie charged to a 6th consecutive victory without dropping a set. Barty lost just 21 games in the 2022 Australian Open so far, with her time on court totalling six hours and six minutes.

That is the most ruthless performance in a Woman’s draw at a Grand Slam since Serena Williams dropped just 16 games on route to the US Open final in 2013.

Ash Barty in action in the Semi-Final at the 2022 Australian OpenBarty also sent a 3rd successive American pacing, again in a little over an hour. It took just 62-minutes for the World No.1 to power to a 6-1 and 6-3 win over Madison Keys.

The Aussie is now just one win away from becoming the first local woman to win the Australian Open since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

“It’s unreal, it’s just incredible. I love this tournament, I love coming here and playing in Australia and as an Aussie, we are spoiled that we are a grand slam nation and get to play at home,“ said the 25-year old.

“I get the chance to play for a title, it’s unreal. This is Brisbane weather, it was humid. I tried to keep Maddy under the pump as she can take it away from you. She’s a great person, looks you in the eye, a lot of the girls love her.”

U-S-ASTONISHING

27th seed, Danielle Collins delivered a performance worthy of a Grand Slam crown. The American pulled off a massive upset, which will see her make her Top 10 debut in the coming week.

Collins, who underwent surgery to treat endometriosis last March, turned over the favourite, Iga Swiatek with ease. Her intent was clear from the first game, overpowering the Seventh seed with pure first-strike tennis.

Danielle Collins punches the air celebrating a point at the 2022 Australian OpenThe 28-year old was deadly accurate on her way to a 6-4 and 6-1 victory to make it through to a first-ever Major final.

“It feels amazing, it’s been such a journey, and it doesn’t happen overnight, so many years of hard work,” said the American after her semi-final victory.

“It’s incredible to be on this stage, especially with the health challenges. I added a little bit more variety over the last two years but this is my Plan A. In this tournament, I don’t feel like I have time to sit down, I have been standing up when I sleep at night.“

The Men’s finalist will be decided tomorrow.

Matteo Berrettini vs Rafael Nadal – 5:30

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev – 10:30

The semi-finalists at the 2022 Australian Open have been confirmed. Day-10 Down Under was to the point, with half of the encounters settled in straight sets.

2022 Australian Open Day-10

It started with American Danielle Collins, who thumped France’s, Alize Cornet. After a competitive first set, the 27th seed shut Cornet down in the second.

The seventh seed, Iga Świątek survived a scare to advance to the final four. Estonian, Kaia Kanepi looked poised to pull off an upset. However, Swiatek managed to get control of the match and didn’t let up.

In the Men’s draw, 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas wasted little time to book a spot in the semis. The Greek brushed aside 11th seeded Italian Jannik Sinner and should be favourite to go all the way at this stage.

The second seed, and actual favourite, Daniil Medvedev meanwhile survived a scare by 9th seed, Felix Auger-Aliassime to continue a push for a second Grand Slam title. It was a 5-set thriller and an insane way to wrap up the quarter-final stage.

French toast and Świątek snap back.

This morning, Danielle Collins became the second American to progress to the semi-finals. The 28-year old will compete in just her second Major semi, after reaching the same stage at the same tournament back in 2019.

After a couple of tough matches that went the distance – which includes a 4-6, 6-4 and 6-4 win over 19th seed Elise Mertens in the previous round – Collins needed just the two sets and 98-minutes to see off Alizé Cornet. 7-5 and 6-1 the final score, with the American aware of what will be required to make it through to a maiden Grand Slam final.

“No matter who I’m going to play, they’re going to be very tough competitors, very relentless, powerful, strong, everything you would expect in a semifinal,” said Floridian after the quarter-final bout.

“Last time I was here in the semifinals I had never done that before. I’ve made some deeper runs in tournaments since then. Hopefully, I can carry the confidence that I’ve gained over the last couple of years and be able to use that to my advantage.”

Movin’ on up

Collins is on route to make her top 10 debuts in the WTA Singles rankings. She will, however, need at least make the final of the Major Down Under. A target that’s not out of sight.

Iga Swiatek pumped up on the court at Australian Open Tournament

Lined up to face the 27th seed is Polish hopeful, Iga Świątek. The 20-year old has a couple of tough encounters under her belt. It culminated in a come-from-behind victory over the 36-year old, world No. 115, Kaia Kanepi earlier this morning.

The Estonian won the first set and took the second to a tie break. That’s when Świątek started to dominate, winning the stalemate 7-2, before seeing out the third set.

It was the longest match of the seventh seeds career. She spent over three hours in the Rod Laver Arena to claim a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) and 6-3 victory.

Herculean effort and Russian resilience

Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open TournamentOver in the Men’s draw of the 2022 Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas was dangerously efficient in seeing off 11th seed, Jannik Sinner. The fourth seed has never lost in a Grand Slam quarter-final and looked far from dropping that record today. The Greek converted all breakpoints on offer see off the Italian 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2 in a little over two hours.

“Jannik is a very good player. So I tried to focus on my best shots and it paid off more than I thought,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview.

“I am very, very happy with the way I served today and the way I came in and used my tactics in today’s match structure. Having the crowd support is truly unbelievable.”

The 23-year old will look to compete in a first-ever Grand Slam final in the State of Victoria. Standing in his way is the second seed, Daniil Medvedev, which will be a rematch of last years semi.

The Russian had a totally different experience to that of Tsitsipas and was taken to the limits by the Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime in a 5-set epic. The 21-year old got close to carrying out a disruption within the Grand Slam, especially in the final set. However, the Canadian couldn’t convert on two break points late in the final set. It took 4-hours and 42-minutes, but Medvedev is through to the final four with a 6-7 (4-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 and 6-4.

Thursday, 27 January 2022 – Semi-Finals

Matteo Berrettini vs Rafael Nadal – 05:30

Ashleigh Barty vs Madison Keys – 10:30

Danielle Colllins vs Iga Świątek – 11:45

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Day-9 of the 2022 Australian Open Tournament delivered on exceptional tennis in the first set of Quarter-Finals. While the woman’s draw was more concise, the men had to dig deep in the Rod Laver Arena.

Australian Open Day-9

Madison Keys was the first American to go through to the semis, and in doing so also served up a massive upset. The World No. 51 cut down fourth seed Barbora Krejcikova with ease.

The first seed, Ashleigh Barty was on a whole different level. The Australian put on an exhibition in front of her home crowd, sending the Jessica Pegula packing in a little over an hour. The 21st seeded American won just two games before crashing out.

Over in the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal lost grip of his Quarter-Final bout with Denis Shapovalov. The 35-year old Nadal took the first two sets comfortably but came insanely close to packing his back. The veteran lost some of his magic during sets three and four. Luckily he managed to pull himself back together.

Matteo Berrettini also almost lost the plot in his draw against Gaël Monfils. Monfils came back from two sets down to draw the match level. The Italian could however hold out for a history-making win in the early morning hours in Melbourne.

A breeze for the ladies

Madison Keys continued an impressive run of wins to claim the first semi-final spot at Melbourne Park. Keys, a former world No. 5 has dropped just the one set during #AusOpen2022. That coming in the Third Round against China’s Wang Qiang.

Barbora Krejcikova was expected to end the Illinoisan’s streak. However, the Czech became the 10th consecutive victim of Keys, losing 6-3 and 6-2.

The 26-year old is just a couple of wins away from an evasive first Grand Slam title. And don’t discount her just yet, her form is on the up.

“It means a lot. Last year was really hard and I did really everything I could with my team in the off-season to re-set,” said an emotional Keys after her win.

“I’m really proud of myself.”

Keys reached her maiden semi-final in 2015, at the age of 20 at the Australian Open. She went on to lose to compatriot, and eventual champion Serena Williams.

The first penultimate battle in the Woman’s draw will be a huge one. Although the local will be the favourite to progress.

Ash Barty in action at Australian Open 2022

Australian hopeful, Ashleigh Barty has her sights set on a first Grand Slam title in her backyard. She can become the first Australian Woman’s player to win the Australian Open since Chris O’Neil in 1978. Now, on her ninth time of trying, Barty looks poised to go all the way. She progressed to the last-four with a ruthless 6-2 and 6-0 win over Jessica Pegula.

“That was solid tonight,” Said the World No. 1.

“I was able to serve and find a lot of forehands in the centre of the court and I was happy to take the game on; be aggressive off my forehand, not worry if I miss a couple

as long as I’m doing the right thing, and I felt like I was able to do that the whole match.”

A battle amongst the boys

In the Men’s draw at the 2022 Australian Open tournament, the two quarter-finals played out like carbon copies of each other. Two five-set thrillers producing scintillating Tennis.

The Spanish Giant, Rafael Nadal had a huge quarter-final draw today. He had to get past Canadian Denis Shapovalov. While the sixth seed started the match oozing class, he let Shapovalov back into the game. Luckily Rafa channelled energy from somewhere to win 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 and 6-3.

Rafael Nadal in action at Australian Open 2022

After finding success on the court, the one time winner of the Major Down Under confirmed that he lost his mojo through the course of the match.

“I started to feel bad honestly at the end of the second,” said Nadal.

“It was very warm out there today and the conditions were hard. I think of course all these kind of matches helps me to be in better shape, but we can’t forget that I didn’t play much tennis for such a long time, no? So under these very hard conditions, is difficult for me.”

The Italian, Matteo Berrettini almost suffered the same fate as Nadal. Going two sets up before almost losing the plot completely. Although in this case, Matteo didn’t shut down, it’s Gaël Monfils who booted up. Luckily for the Italian, the Frenchman couldn’t deal the final blow.

The seventh seed, Berrettini held his nerve to claim a massive 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6 and 6-2 victory and is the first Italian man to reach this stage of the Australian Open.

The disappearing Djoker

With it being a Novak-less 2022 Australian Open Tournament, the door is open for Rafael Nadal to make history. The Spaniard could become the first man to win 21 Major titles. Djokovic has been flirting with that achievement since winning at Wimbledon last year. However, his antics earlier this month could cost him the chance of becoming the most successful Men’s player. The current World No.1 might also miss out on a shot at winning Roland Garros.

It’s still a long way to go for Rafa and there’s a big semi-final on the cards.

Both South Africans in the Australian Open men’s singles draw, Kevin Anderson and Lloyd Harris fell at the first hurdle. Though their stay in Melbourne exceeded that of Novak Djokovic, it was a very disappointing showing by our hopefuls.

Harris first to fall

World No.32 Lloyd Harris became the first seeded player to bow out of the Tournament at Melbourne Park. The 24-year old expected to cruise through to the second round with Wildcard Aleksandar Vukic his challenger first up. However, the Capetonian couldn’t get the upperhand. It also didn’t help Harris playing an inspired Aussie first up.

Vukic, who hails from Sydney, was heavily backed by the home crowd. That energy fed the world number-144, who fought back to claim a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 and 7-6 (7-3) win over the 30th seed Harris in nearly three hours. This is the biggest win in the underdogs’ career, and he becomes the first Aussie player to move on to the next round.

The Sydneysider will next face Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot, and will potentially go on to face 3rd seed Alexander Zverev.

Harris will meanwhile team up with Australia’s Alexei Popyrin for potential Doubles success. Both Harris and the other Capetonian competing in the Doubles draw, Raven Klaasen, start their campaign on Wednesday (19 January 2022).

Unlucky draw for Anderson

The 35-year old Anderson, who dropped to an ATP ranking of 100, had a tougher draw. The 23rd seed American Reily Opelka made light work of the Saffa, using up only one hour and 46 minutes of his day. 6-3, 6-4 and 7-6 (7-3) was the result on Melbourne Park’s Court 15.

The 24-year old Opelka will face German Dominik Koepfer next, after the World number 105 beat Spaniard Carlos Taberner 6-1, 6-6, 6-4 and 6-1.