The Australian Open is closer to entering the final lap. The tennis tournament will conclude on January 28, 2024, with champions in all the categories taking their respective crowns. Till then, there is a history that fans can applaud, having been created in the quarterfinals between Dayana Yastremska and Linda Noskova.
Dayana is now in the semis of the tournament. It is the first time in the last 45 years that a qualifier has reached the knockout round in Melbourne. Christine Matison did that in 1978, a time when Yastremska was not even born.
Dayana accomplished the feat by registering a tally of 6-3 and 6-4. It was a close call if one looks at it from a macro perspective. Yastremska bagged 64 points to her name, while her opponent was restricted to 52 points. The margin of 8 points made a broader difference, helping the Ukrainian champion win 12 games. Linda settled for seven wins throughout the run.
About her win, Yastremska said that it’s nice to make history because at that time she was not born, adding that it is the next generation making history. Dayana also talked about the game. She said that she tries to take the maximum she can from herself, and then what remains is the fight.
According to the latest sports news, an opponent for Yastremska in the semi-final of the Australian Open is yet to be decided. Zheng and Kalinskaya are scheduled to contest for the spot in the upcoming quarterfinals. Gauff and Sabalenka will take the court in the final knockout round, attempting to demonstrate their best tennis skills.
That said, the men’s single category is also down by two quarterfinals. Djokovic has beaten Fritz with some extra effort. Sinner has advanced to the semis by remaining unbeaten in all the games against Rublev. Both of them will lock horns in the first semis. An ongoing QF round between Hurkacz and Medvedev shows the latter’s upper hand. The final game will make it more obvious who makes it to the next level. Alcaraz Garfia and Zverev will take the court shortly and play for a spot in the semis.
Yastremska has come a long way. Her fourth round was against Azarenka, where she was unbeaten by 7-6 and 6-4. It was not convenient, but her effortless fight made sure that she remained at the top. Navarro came close to snatching the fun when she bagged 6-2 in the second game. However, Yastremska was then quick to bounce back by a heavy margin of 6-1. The story of the third round of the tennis tournament at John Cain Arena witnessed Dayana win 14 games versus 9 won by Navarro.
Upcoming tennis games in the Australian Open are primarily the remaining events of the quarterfinals for the last spots in the semis. Following that, it will be all about chasing the crown in Melbourne.