Australian Open 2018 – Finals preview
The finals are set to come alive after an enthralling fourth round.
Monday 15 January – Sunday 28 January 2018
It seems like only yesterday this great tournament begun, but on the dawn of the finals of the Australian Open, tennis fans around the globe could be witnessing one of the greatest Opens in the history of the tournament.
Beginning with the women’s singles, Simona Halep after an enduring third round match has won in straight sets in the fourth round against Naomi Osaka to see her set to play Karolina Pliskova in in the quarterfinals.
A slow start for German Angelique Kerber in the first set saw her recover to win the next two and advance into the finals. Many have tipped Kerber to be playing in the same form, if not better form than when she won the Open in 2016, she is the player to watch right now. Her next opponent is American Madison Keys who is going to need every trick in her book to stop Kerber from advancing.
Elise Mertens is set to do battle against world no. 4 Elina Svitolina in the third quarterfinal match. This is the furthest into any grand slam Mertens has reached in her career and will be determined to continue to show the world why she is a star of the future.
Caroline Wozniacki is set to play Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro after a straight sets victory in the fourth round. Wozniacki has been in brilliant form throughout this tournament and has her eyes very much set on the prize of winning this season opening grand slam.
In the men’s singles, world no. 1 Rafael Nadal will face off against Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. Cilic only just overcoming Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round while Nadal dropped just one set in his victory over Diego Schwartzman.
Grigor Dimitrov will face off against Kyle Edmund after defeating Australian Nick Kyrgios. While Edmund put a stop to Italian Andreas Seppi in the fourth round.
American Tennys Sandgren will come up against Korea’s new-found star Hyeon Chung. The Korean undoubtedly putting on performances that can see him go all the way to Australian Open victory after stunning upsets so far, the latest against fan favourite Novak Djokovic.
Tomas Berdych and reigning champion Roger Federer will battle it out for a ticket into the semi-finals in the last quarterfinal. Federer continuously getting better with every match he plays will take an almighty effort to overcome, however Berdych has been in thrilling form throughout the tournament so far and could very well pull off a victory.