MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Highlights of Tuesday’s ninth day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT):
Tennis – Australian Open – Quarter-final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 22, 2019. Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning the match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. REUTERS/Edgar Su
1156 CLINCAL NADAL SEES OFF TIAFOE IN STRAIGHT SETS
Second seed Rafa Nadal eased into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over unseeded American Frances Tiafoe.
Nadal was at his relentless best, hitting 29 winners and 11 aces as he wrapped up the contest in one hour and 47 minutes. The Spaniard will face Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the final.
0945 KVITOVA TOO GOOD FOR BARTY
Double Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova blasted past local favourite Ashleigh Barty, winning 6-1 6-4 in 68 minutes to move into the semi-finals.
0744 COLLINS RALLIES PAST PAVLYUCHENKOVA TO REACH SEMIS
Danielle Collins dropped the opening set but rallied to beat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6 7-5 6-1 and reach a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time in her career.
After surrendering the first set, Collins squandered a 5-2 lead in the next before levelling the contest, and the American switched gears in the decider to prevail in two hours and 16 minutes.
0501 TSITSIPAS OVERCOMES BAUTISTA AGUT
Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final. The 20-year-old also became the youngest man to make the last four of a Slam since Novak Djokovic at the 2007 U.S. Open.
0147 PLAY UNDERWAY ON ROD LAVER ARENA
Play began on the main showcourt at Melbourne on Tuesday, with 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut taking on Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals.
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