Two history makers make first Aus Open semis

DAYANA Yastremska has made her first ever Australian Open singles semi final, after she defeated Linda Noskova in yesterday quarter final.

In about 80 mins, Yastremska proved too strong for Noskova, ending the impressive run of the Czech in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to become the first qualifier since Christine Dorey in 1978 to make it to the final four at the Australian Open.

The stats from the match are an interesting split, and perhaps show the evenness of the match.

Noskova had the higher aces count and first serve in percentage and lower double faults count.

However, Yastremska had a significantly better percentage than Noskova did for wins off both the first and second serve. Yastemska also recorded over triple the number of winners that Noskova did.

“It’s nice to make a history. It’s something new for me and for my generation because the last time it happened it was a long time ago. I wasn’t born yet,” Yastremska said. “It’s nice. I’m really happy to be in my first semifinals. I was a little bit nervous, but at the same time tired.

“I think I was a little bit too emotional. Today before my match I got angry at the practice at my coach, but that’s fine because I could put my emotions away. Another step is done.”

Yastremska’s semi final opponent is Qinwen Zheng, who fought back to defeat Anna Kalinskaya in three sets to also make her first Australian Open semi.


Picture Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Zheng lost the first set to Kalinskaya in a tie breaker, before fighting back to take the second set in  a much easier fashion. Then, after breaking Kalinskaya early in the third term things really started to turn in the Chinese 12th seed’s favour, and she then really ran away with the set to take the win 64-77, 6-3, 6-1.

Zheng smashed a whopping 10 aces past Kalinskaya compared to only facing two in return. She also served significantly fewer double faults.

Although Kalinskaya had a much better first serve percentage, Zheng had the better win percentage off both first and second serve.

Zheng also recorded a whopping 42 winners compared to Kalinkaya’s 18, which shows how dominant she was as the game progressed.

“I’m just so happy and really excited, this is my first time and I’m really happy to be in the semifinals,” Zheng said.

“That’s good news and another motivation,” Zheng said after being told that she will be ranked in the top 10 in the world post tournament

“Last year at the Australian Open, I said I wanted to be in the top 10, and one year later I’m here.”


2024 Australian Open – Day 11

D.Yastremska [Q] def. L.Noskova 6-3, 6-4

Q.Zheng [12] def. A.Kalinskaya 64-77, 6-3, 6-1

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