MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Highlights of the 10th day at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Wednesday (times AEDT; GMT+11):
1709 ZVEREV STARTS SLOW BEFORE BLASTING PAST WAWRINKA
Alexander Zverev surrendered the first set but recovered to beat three-times major champion Stan Wawrinka 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 and reach the semi-final stage of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
The seventh seed also became the first German man to make the last four at a major since Tommy Haas in 2009.
1531 HALEP DISCUSSES THE BREAKFAST OF WINNERS
Having thrashed Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-1 6-1 in under an hour to reach the semi-finals, Simona Halep was asked what she ate in the morning to produce a near-flawless display.
“Well, I played really well? Same thing. I have two weeks eating the same thing: ham and cheese,” Halep said. “Perfection doesn’t exist, but I’m very happy with the way I played.”
1415 MUGURUZA DENIES PAVLYUCHENKOVA TO REACH SEMIS
Former world number one Garbine Muguruza scored a 7-5 6-3 victory over 30th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to storm into her first Grand Slam semi-final since Roland Garros in 2018.
1206 HALEP RACES INTO SEMI-FINALS
Fourth seed Simona Halep advanced to her second Australian Open semi-final with a 6-1 6-1 demolition of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in just 53 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
Halep broke five times on the way to setting up a semi-final against either Garbine Muguruza or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who play next.
(Compiled by Greg Stutchbury and Shrivathsa Sridhar; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Muralikumar Anantharaman)