Australian Open Day 9 - 10
Australian Open Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Wednesday Jan 28
1-Novak Djokovic beat 8-Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2
4-Stan Wawrinka beat 5- Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 7-6(6)
Australian Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinals Wednesday Jan 28
1-Serena Williams beat 11-Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-2
Madison Keys beat 18-Venus Williams 6-3 4-6 6-4
Djokovic Sets Semis Clash with Wawrinka
atpworldtour.com: January 28 2015 Melbourne, Australia – As the stakes get higher, Stan Wawrinka hits his backhand harder. Or so it seemed on Wednesday afternoon as the defending champion powered past Kei Nishikori with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6) victory to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in Melbourne.
Fans at Melbourne Park are in for their third installment of Wawrinka against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, after the World No. 1 defeated Milos Raonic 7-6(5)6-4 6-2 in the Rod Laver Arena night session. The 29-year-old Wawrinka is two wins away from reclaiming his Australian Open crown. Last year at this stage, the Swiss defeated Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam championship.
Fans will be hoping for another epic as Djokovic and Wawrinka meet for the third year in a row at Melbourne Park. Two years ago, Djokovic denied Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth set of their fourth-round clash, but last year the Swiss got his revenge with a 9-7 fifth set victory in the quarter-finals.
The 27-year-old Djokovic is bidding to become the second man in history to win the Australian Open for the fifth time, joining Roy Emerson. The Belgrade native won his first major title in Melbourne in 2008 and followed with three successive victories in 2011-13. He has a 48-6 match record at Melbourne Park. Djokovic is still yet to drop a set in a ruthless run at Melbourne Park. The right-hander is through to his 25th Grand Slam semi-final, one behind Andre Agassi on 26, the fourth most in the Open Era.
Serena Cruises Past Cibulkova; Keys Outslugs Sister Venus to Reach First Major Semifinal
wtatennis.com: January 27 2015 Melbourne, Australia - After rallying from a set down to win both of her last two matches, Serena Williams came out swinging from the start against Dominika Cibulkova on Wednesday, storming past the Slovak in 65 minutes to reach her first Australian Open semifinal since winning the title in 2010.
Williams came back from a set down to win her last two rounds against a pair of WTA Rising Stars, Elina Svitolina in the third round and Garbiñe Muguruza in the fourth round, but there was nothing of the sort going on this time, as she was on from start to finish, hitting 31 winners - which included a whopping 15 aces - to just 18 unforced errors. She never dropped serve in the match either. The No.1-seeded Williams ended up cruising smoothly past the No.11-seeded Cibulkova, 6-2, 6-2.
Awaiting Williams in the semifinals is American teenager Madison Keys, who kept her dream run going by beating No.18 seed Venus Williams earlier in the day. Keys, one of the most promising WTA Rising Stars out there, kept her breakthrough fortnight going at the Australian Open on Wednesday afternoon, battling past Venus Williams in three tough sets to reach the first Grand Slam semifinal of her blossoming career.
Keys came out firing from the beginning, storming through the first set, 6-3, but she lost her way somewhat in the second set, falling behind 4-1 right out of the gates. She clawed back to 4-all but Williams found a second wind from there, winning five of the next six games to take the second set and build a 3-1 lead in the third. Williams was still up a break leading 4-3 in that decider, as well. But there was one last momentum shift to come and it went to an inspired Keys, who reeled off the last three games of the match to seal a spot in her maiden Grand Slam semifinal, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Berdych Upsets Nadal; Murray Overcomes "Aussie Wonder" Kyrgios to Reach Semifinals
atpworldtour.com: January 27 2015 Melbourne, Australia – When he stepped onto Rod Laver Arena Tuesday evening in Melbourne, Canberra native Nick Kyrgios was announced over the stadium loudspeaker as the "Wonder from Down Under". But World No. 6 Andy Murray promptly stole that hometown thunder, quieting thousands of boisterous Australian fans with a 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over his teenaged opponent.
With high winds a factor, Murray found it difficult to sum up his performance against the World No. 53. At 19 years old, Kyrgios’ high-energy approach to the game has caught some fans and fellow competitors off guard. Murray, however, feels he’s right on track.
“I've spent a little bit of time with him, and I think he's a good person,” said the two-time Grand Slam champion. “He’s always been polite and respectful. Maybe he does the odd thing on the court that might annoy some people, but I don't think he does anything with bad intent. He's only going to continue to mature and improve in that respect as he gets older. He just needs to be allowed to grow up.”
Waiting for Murray in the semis is No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych, who broke a streak of 17 consecutive losses to World No. 3 Rafael Nadal with a straight-set win over the Spaniard Tuesday. Berdych defeated the Spaniard 6-2, 6-0, 7-6(5) Tuesday afternoon to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. In doing so, Berdych avoided becoming the first man to lose 18 straight tour-level matches against a single player. It marked his first win over Nadal since the 2006 Madrid quarter-finals, when he initially opened up a 3-1 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
Australian Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinals Tuesday Jan 27
7-Tomas Berdych beat 3-Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-0 7-6(5)
6-Andy Murray beat Nick Kyrgios 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3
Australian Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinals Tuesday Jan 27
2-Maria Sharapova beat 7-Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-2
10-Ekaterina Makarova beat 3-Simona Halep 6-4 6-0
Sharapova Powers Past Bouchard; Makarova Stuns Halep in 2 Sets
wtatennis.com: January 27 2015 Melbourne, Australia – - Maria Sharapova outslugged Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets on Tuesday to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open and keep her hopes of a sixth Grand Slam title alive.
A lot was expected of this match - the last time they played it was an absolute nail-biter in the semifinals of the French Open, and both looked very strong in their last few rounds this fortnight. But from the outset it was clear Sharapova was the player to beat on the day, breaking serve in the very first game of the match and, after a string of holds from both players, breaking again in the ninth game to take the first set, 6-3. Bouchard missed a backhand down the line wide on set point.
It didn't take long for the No.2-seeded Sharapova to strike again, breaking for a 3-1 lead in the second set, and a few games later she broke the No.7-seeded Bouchard one last time to close it out, 6-3, 6-2. Sharapova ripped a huge forehand winner down the line on her first match point. That forehand winner put Sharapova into the positives in her winners-to-unforced errors differential on the match (19 to 18). Bouchard finished the match with a negative differential of -17 (13 to 30).
Awaiting Sharapova in the semifinals is No.10 seed Ekaterina Makarova, who upset No.3 seed Simona Halep in straight sets 6-4 6-0 in the first match of the day. Makarova looked on her game from the get-go, storming out to a 3-0, double break lead, and though she let one of the breaks go she still had that one break cushion, eventually bringing up her first set point at 5-3.
Halep swatted that away with a forehand down the line that Makarova couldn't get back in the court and Halep ended up winning that game, but Makarova managed to serve out the set at 5-4, clinching it on a Halep backhand into the net - the Romanian's 16th unforced error of the set. Things snowballed in the second set as Makarova's confidence grew and Halep grew more and more out of sorts - the No.10-seeded Russian ran away with it against the No.3-seeded Romanian.