Today will see the last stage of the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2016. The morning starts off with a highly anticipated match between world number 7, Angelique Kerber and former world number 1, current number 14, Victoria Azarenka.
Azarenka and Kerber flew from Brisbane International, where they played each other and the Belarusian won by 6-3 6-1, therefore, leading the head to head by 6-0. The two girls will put up their best shows because Kerber never went past 3rd round in any of the Grand Slams, and Azarenka has not won a Grand Slam in her last nine attempts.
While still on this report, Kerber has taken the first set lead by 6-3.
The other quarterfinals will host Chinese qualifier, Zhang Shuai and Britain’s sweet girl, Johanna Konta. Zhang is having an impressive run so far, playing only her eight match in Australian Open. She has successfully defeated world number 2, Simona Halep, as well as, number 15, Madison Keys. She is a big hitter, thus, it won’t be an easy task for the Brit to win over the Chinese. Meanwhile, Konta came to this year’s limelight after she defeated Venus Williams in straight sets in the first round.
Afternoon session will involve a massive match between Andy Murray and David Ferrer. All eyes are now focused on that match because of the excitement both the players will bring. Murray is on a roller coaster ride. He is winning every match as if there is no tomorrow. On the other hand, Ferrer is impressing the critics, his fans, and tennis worldwide with his form.
It is only to see how Ferrer takes his opponent who has a very pregnant wife at home, who might give birth any day. Also, Ferrer’s opponent went on a panic attack when his father-in-law was rushed to the hospital during one match. David Ferrer, at the age of 33, has nothing to lose. Meanwhile, Murray, who is at his peak, has everything to win for. Let’s see how this match turns out to be.
The evening spell will feature Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic. Raonic is all ready to conquer 2016 as he failed to do so thanks to his injury last year. The Canadian has successfully defeated two top players before arriving at the quarterfinals. Monfils, on the other hand, is flying with his victories. His road may look easier compared to Raonic’s, and this match will test how well he can fly in this tournament.
Yesterday’s quarterfinals saw no upset altogether. Unless, you were rooting for Maria Sharapova against Serena Williams. It was quite unfair for the world number 5 to face the unbeatable world number 1 at this early stage. The score line of 6-4 6-1 will tell you how well the match went for Williams.
Apart from this, the hot favourites have won their respective fights. Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Carla Suárez Navarro by 6-1 6-3. Radwanska will face Williams in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, the all time favourite, former world number 1, Roger Federer has successfully done his duty of beating Tomas Berdych in straight sets. World number 1, Novak Djokovic has halted Kei Nishikori’s victory run by 6-3 6-2 6-4. Both the wins have opened a delicious match between Djokovic and Federer. Too bad this will happen in the semis. This may, as well be called a pre-final showdown between two greats.