A quick look at the Australian Open:
WATCH UNTIL FRIDAY
The men’s second semifinal includes a look at the future of the sport: 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. 25-year-old Daniil Medvedev. Tsitsipas returns with an exciting return to the quarterfinals from a two-set deficit to stun 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. As Tsitsipas struggles to reach his first grand final, Medvedev was Nadal’s runner-up at the 2019 US Open. Medvedev has a 5-1 direct fight against Tsitsipas. After fans returned to Melbourne Park after a five-day blockade of COVID-19, the crowd is expected to favor Tsitsipas, who is from Greece. Melbourne has a large Greek population and a local restaurant that Tsitsipas often visited, called souvlaki after him. Also Friday, the No. 2 team of Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka played Barbora Krejicikova and Katerina Siniakova’s No. 3 pair in the women’s doubles final.
Sunny, 32 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit)
WEATHER ON THURSDAY
Sunny, high from 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit).
THE RESULTS OF THURSDAY
Women’s Semifinals: No. 3 Naomi Osaka defeated No. 10 Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4; No. 22 Jennifer Brady defeated No. 25 Karolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Men’s Semifinals: No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
CONDITION OF THE DAY
20 – Consecutive victories for Osaka.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I just made too many mistakes there. Easy mistakes. Not like I was on the run or anything. They were just simple, easy mistakes. “- Williams, after making 24 unforced errors and only 12 winners in his loss to Osaka, which ended the last offer of the 39-year-old American for a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title.