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Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams against Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka versus Hsieh Su-wei in quarter-finals – Sports News , Firstpost

Melbourne: A quick look at the Australian Open:


Serena Williams goes up against Simona Halep in the quarter-finals — their 12th meeting on tour in a matchup that dates to a decade ago.

Williams leads the series 9-2, but Halep won their most recent showdown, 6-2, 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon final. That was one of four consecutive defeats in Grand Slam title matches for Williams as she chases her record-tying 24th major singles trophy.

Naomi Osaka, whose three major championships include the 2019 Australian Open, goes up against Hsieh Su-wei, who at 35 is the oldest woman to make her Grand Slam quarter-final debut.

Hsieh hadn’t won a match against a Top 10 opponent until 2017, but now has seven such victories. Four of their five previous matches have gone three sets; Osaka is 4-1 head-to-head.

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In the men’s quarter-finals, eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic carries an abdominal muscle injury into his match against 2020 US Open runner-up Alexander Zverev. Djokovic holds a 5-2 edge over Zverev overall, including winning the last four in a row they’ve played.

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Djokovic seeks his 31st career appearance in a Grand Slam semi-final as he chases title No 18, which would move him within two of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The other men’s match is 18th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov against 114th-ranked Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who is making his Grand Slam main-draw debut at age 27.


Sunny with cloudy periods, high of 31 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit)


Mostly sunny, high of 26 Celsius (79 Fahrenheit).


Women’s Fourth Round: No 1 Ash Barty beat Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-4; Jessica Pegula beat No 5 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; No 22 Jennifer Brady beat No 28 Donna Vekic 6-1, 7-5; No 25 Karolina Muchova beat No 18 Elise Mertens 7-6 (5), 7-5.

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Men’s Fourth Round: No 2 Rafael Nadal beat No 16 Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; No 4 Daniil Medvedev beat Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2, 6-3; No 7 Andrey Rublev beat No 24 Casper Ruud 6-2, 7-6 (3), 0-0 ret.; No 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat No 9 Matteo Berrettini, walkover.

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18: Medvedev’s winning streak.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s definitely one Russian in the semis. Three Russians in the quarters . . . first time in the history. It’s great for our sport,” Medvedev on his country’s success thus far in Melbourne.

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