Concluded the seventh day of the female cadre at the Australian Open and there are already defined some duels of quarter finals: Serena Williams will face Simona Halep, while Naomi osaka the pass to semis will be played in front of Su-Wei Hsieh.
There were great expectations placed on this day, which a priori presented more than promising duels. On the first shift, Hsieh surpassed Marketa Vondrousova by 6-4 and 6-2, and got, to his 35 years, for the first time in the quarters of a Grand Slam. The curious? It has never happened that a tennis player of that age reaches this stage in the Open Era.
In the second turn, one of the most anticipated duels was played: Osaka against Garbiñe Muguruza. The Japanese suffered for much of the game, even being 5-3 down in the third set and had to overcome two match points to overcome the Spanish 4-6, 6-4 and 7-5 in almost two hours of play.
Later it was time for Serena in front of Aryna Sabalenka, the No. 7 in the world. Despite his 39 years, the American showed why she is in search of her eighth title in Australia and won against the Belarusian by 6-4, 2-6 and 6-4. One of the keys to taking the victory was in the serve, because although he risked a little more and fell in successive double faults, he added an efficiency of 72% from the first service.
By last, Halep faced Iga Swiatek, the 19-year-old girl and No. 17 in the world. Although the Pole had a formidable first set, in subsequent sets she was unable to keep up and was met by a solid defense from the Romanian. Finally, the number two of the circuit imposed its hierarchy and took the match in three sets by 3-6, 6-1 and 6-4.
In this way, the women’s quarterfinals were partially complete, with some more than promising matches that They continue to invite you to stay on the ESPN screen.