Zverev and Jastremska to Australian Open semi-finals

Alexander Zverev yesterday during the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.Beeld Andy Cheung/Getty Images

The German Zverev (26), who was seeded sixth, convincingly defeated the second seed Carlos Alcaraz from Spain (6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4) in four sets in Melbourne yesterday and takes the the semi-finals against the Russian Daniil Medvedev. The latter won earlier in the day in five sets against the Pole Hubert Hurkacz. The other semi-final is between the first seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic and the Italian Jannik Sinner, who has not yet lost a set.

Zverev said after the match that he had started thinking too much when he was close to winning in the third set of his match against Carlos Alcaraz. “I’m playing against one of the best players in the world, especially in the last two years. He has been No. 1 and has won two Grand Slams.”

Zverev briefly underwent treatment on his feet after he had already played two long five-setters against Lukas Klein and Cameron Norrie this tournament. “I have a lot of blood under my toenails, which is quite painful. If you walk a lot, they will need to be re-taped. But I would much rather have this feeling with a little pain than sit at home and watch the tournament. I am ready to continue.”

The German will face Medvedev in the semi-finals. “He’s beaten me up a lot in the past year, but maybe this is the place to win.”

Ukrainian qualifier also placed

In the women’s section, tennis star Dajana Jastremska has reached the semi-finals. The 23-year-old Ukrainian, who reached the main draw of the Australian Open through the qualifications, defeated the Czech Linda Noskova in the quarter-finals. The set scores were 6-3 and 6-4. Jastremska used her first match point after an hour and nineteen minutes against Noskova, four years her junior.

It is the first time in 46 years that a player from the qualifying tournament has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The last to achieve this was Australian Christine Matison. “It’s so nice to write history. In 1978 I wasn’t even born yet,” Jastremska said. “I had no idea that I was playing tennis so well.”

The Ukrainian will compete against the Chinese Zheng Qinwen in the battle for a place in the final. The number 12 on the seeding list was too strong for Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya in three sets (6-7, 6-3, 6-1). For the 21-year-old Zheng, it is the first time that she has reached the last four at a Grand Slam tournament. At last year’s US Open she reached the quarter-finals.

In the other semi-final, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and American Coco Gauff face each other.

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