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Tsitsipas, Khachanov, Rybakina, Azarenka reach Australian Open semifinals

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Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)Two men and two women advanced to the semifinals on an action packed ninth day of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Kazakhstan’ Elena Rybakina defeated Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia 6/2, 6/4.Russia’s Karen Khachanov booked his spot when America’s Sebastian Korda retired in the third set when his opponent was leading 7/6, 6/3, 3/0.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece outplayed Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehecka 6/3, 7/6(2), 6/4, while Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated American Jessica Pegula 6/4, 6/1.

All the matches were played at the Rod Laver Arena.In the first set, Rybakina broke Ostapenko’s serve and held for hers to lead 3-1.

While Ostapenko was serving with score at 30-40, rain halted play as the roof was drawn closed.On resumption, Ostapenko lost the game, while Rybakina extended the lead to 5-1 and also took the eighth game for the set 6/2.Ostapenko got an early service break, but lost the third game, while Rybakina saved four break points to level and also win two consecutive games to lead 4-2.Games proceeded with serve and Rybakina delivered an ace to with the set 6/4 for the match and her first semifinal at the Australian Open.Sebastian Korda won the toss and elected to receive.

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