Australian Open: Linette stuns Pliskova to reach first Grand Slam semi

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Magda Linette reacted with disbelief aft continuing her imagination tally into the semi-finals of the Australian Open connected Wednesday with a stunning 6-3 7-5 triumph implicit erstwhile satellite fig 1 Karolina Pliskova.

The unheralded Pole played wonderfully controlled tennis that belied her ranking of 45th successful the satellite to wrapper up a thoroughly deserved triumph successful the blazing prima connected Rod Laver Arena.

Linette had been expected to play 2nd fiddle to compatriot Iga Swiatek astatine Melbourne Park but volition present conflict for a spot successful the last against Aryna Sabalenka oregon Donna Vekic, who look disconnected successful Wednesday's 2nd quarter-final.

"It's truthful overmuch and I can't truly judge it," the 30-year-old said. "It's truly dreams travel true. We support going, though, I don't privation to get excessively excited due to the fact that we're inactive successful the tournament, but I'm ace grateful and happy."

After some players were breached successful their opening work game, Linette showed the greater composure and took power of the archetypal acceptable arsenic doubly Grand Slam finalist Pliskova racked up 14 of the 36 unforced errors she would marque implicit the match.

Pliskova knew she had to rise her crippled successful the 2nd acceptable and ramped up the rasping forehands but Linette had the reply to everything the Czech threw astatine her.

She saved 2 interruption points to clasp for 2-2 and past earned 3 of her ain connected Pliskova's adjacent work crippled lone for the Czech to conflict backmost with a mates of large winners.

The acceptable stayed connected service but Linette appeared to person the precocious hand, winning 1 constituent with a sublime moving backhand crosscourt winner, and she pounced to interruption for 6-5 erstwhile Pliskova offered her 2 chances with a treble fault.

She threw her racket to the crushed aft serving retired nervelessly for the match, clasping her caput and staring wide-eyed astatine her container aft reaching the past 4 for the archetypal clip successful 30 Grand Slam appearances.

"I volition ne'er hide this," she added. "I'm breaking done immoderate truly hard things for me. This volition enactment with maine for life. So I'm truly grateful."

Linette had ne'er been past the 3rd circular astatine a Grand Slam earlier arriving astatine Melbourne Park this twelvemonth and said a alteration successful mentality was down her fairytale run.

"I deliberation done each my beingness I've been taking mistakes losses precise personally," she explained. "So to disconnect (life) arsenic a tennis subordinate and a idiosyncratic was truly hard due to the fact that I felt a batch of times that the mistakes were defining me.

"My coaches did a truly large occupation and I'm truly thankful to them due to the fact that they truly enactment up with a batch of crap."

Later connected Wednesday, Ben Shelton and Tommy Paul conscionable successful the archetypal all-American men's Grand Slam quarter-final since 2007, and overwhelming favourite Novak Djokovic faces Andrey Rublev successful bid to scope a 10th Melbourne Park semi-final.

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