Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th place, Greece) advanced to the semifinals of the men’s singles at the Australian Open tennis tournament (total prize money 76.5 million Australian dollars, about 66.26 billion won) for the third consecutive year.
Tsitsipas defeated Irji Lehetzka (71st, Czech Republic) 3-0 (6-3 7-6 <7-2> 6-4) in the men’s singles quarterfinals on the ninth day of the tournament held in Melbourne, Australia on the 24th.
Tsitsipas reaffirmed his strong side at the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals of the tournament for the fourth and third consecutive year following the 2019, 2021 and 2022 tournaments.
Tsitsipas will challenge Karen Khachanov (20th, Russia), who withdrew from Sebastian Koda (31st, USA) in the previous game, to advance to the first Australian Open final.
Tsitsipas is on a five-game winning streak against Khachanov.
Rehetzka, a 22-year-old newcomer who was eliminated in the first round in all singles matches in major competitions he participated in last year, left a deep impression by advancing to the quarterfinals with solid defense at the second Australian Open in his life.
Rehechka defeated World No. 12 Cameron Norrie (UK) in the third round and No. 7 Felix Ozealeasim (Canada) in the fourth round.
Khachanov withdrew as Koda withdrew with a wrist injury before the fourth game of the third set with a set score of 2-0 (7-6<7-5> 6-3).
Khachanov, who made it to the semifinals at the US Open last year, reached the semifinals or higher in two major tournaments in a row.
Khachanov also went on to record his personal best at the Australian Open. Until last year’s tournament, Khachanov’s best performance at the Australian Open was the third round.
Koda had to be satisfied with her best ever performance in a major tournament.
Korda is also well known as the younger brother of sisters Jessica and Nellie Korda, LPGA tour players.
In the women’s singles, last year’s Wimbledon singles winner Elena Rivakina (25th, Kazakhstan) defeated Yelena Ostapenko (17th, Latvia) 2-0 (6-2, 6-4) and advanced to the semifinals.
Rivakina competes with Victoria Azaranka (24th, Belarus), who defeated Jessica Pegula (3rd, USA) 2-0 (6-4, 6-1) that day, to advance to the final.
Rivakina beat Ostapenko to victory with her strong serve, which reached a top speed of 190 km/h.
On the serve ace, she outscored 11-1, and the winner also scored more at 24-19.
The first set was suspended for nearly 30 minutes due to rain, the roof of the stadium Rod Laver Arena was closed, and there was a variable that the game was resumed on the ‘indoor court’, but Rivakina did not shake and won the victory.
“In Australia, the weather can change completely after just a few hours, so you have to be prepared for the weather,” Rivakina said after the game.
Rivakina won her first major match against Ostapenko after a two-game losing streak.
In the round of 16, Rivakina, who was considered the strongest candidate for the championship this time, defeated Sibiong Tech (1st place, Poland) 2-0 (6-4 6-4), saying, “I think anyone can win.” He expressed his confidence to win. 안전놀이터
Rivakina is an athlete who was originally born in Russia, but changed her nationality to Kazakhstan in 2018, to which she promised solid support.
Azaranka was born in 1989 and is a 34-year-old veteran, 10 years older than Rivakina.
She won singles titles at the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open, and in 2012 was ranked No. 1 in the year-end world rankings.
Azaranka, who consistently made the quarterfinals in major tournaments, dropped her ranking to the top 200 in the aftermath of giving birth in December 2016. ‘ boasts.
Azaranka and Rivakina faced each other once at the BNP Paribas Open in March last year, and Rivakina won 2-0 (6-3 6-4).
Azaranka won against Fegula on this day with a stable performance showing an advantage in unforced error (20-31), although she fell behind in sub ace (0-3) and winner (17-19).