Australian Open 2018 – Semi-final preview
Semi-final draws are set after unpredictable quarter-finals round.
Monday 15 January – Sunday 28 January 2018
The semi-final draws have been set for the Australian Open after some shock losses and unbelievable upsets played out at Melbourne Park.
World no. 5 Marin Cilic makes it through to the semi-finals after Rafael Nadal retired hurt from the match in the fifth set of their gruelling match. It was anyone’s match at that point, however Nadal could do no more, and left the court to the cheer of the entire crowd.
Cilic is set to take on Britain’s Kyle Edmund. Edmund stunned everyone in the stadium to win in four sets over Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday afternoon. Edmund, who began the tournament as Britain’s only male player entered, sent a message to the world of his talent, that message even reaching back home to injured compatriot Andy Murray, who commented, “wow” on Twitter. A lightning serve, and blistering forehand could see Cilic struggle to overcome Edmund’s sheer power on the court.
Reigning champion Roger Federer overcame Tomas Berdych in their match to set up a semi-final against Hyeon Chung. The 21-year-old Korean quickly becoming a favourite around the world with his amazing performances throughout the tournament so far. Coming up against the all-time great in Federer is set to be the toughest challenge yet for the Korean.
In the women’s singles, world no. 1 Simona Halep is set to take on Angelique Kerber. This match is set to be nothing short of a thriller with two of the current best women’s players putting it all on the line to secure their spot in the final. Halep is still searching for her first Australian Open victory, while after a disappointing 2017 season, Kerber is in amazing form reminiscent of her 2016 Open victory heading into this clash.
The winner of that match will meet either Elise Mertens or Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Mertens has shocked everyone so far this tournament, with the 22-year-old going further into a grand slam than she ever has before. While Caroline Wozniacki has breezed through most of her opponents so far on the way to this semi-final, she could be in for quite a shock when she meets Mertens on court.