Day 10 Aus Open: tennis’ big names on court

Angelique Kerber, Johanna Konta, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic have all advanced to the semi-finals.


Free-hitting German Angelique Kerber has sent two-time champion Victoria Azarenka packing from the Australian Open in a quarter-final boilover at Melbourne Park.

The seventh-seeded Kerber reversed a run of six straight losses to Azarenka to eliminate the Belarusian 6-3 7-5 at Rod Laver Arena.

While seeded higher than Azarenka – who spiralled down the rankings during an injury-plagued 2014 season – Kerber went into the match as the underdog.

Kerber told Channel 7 she couldn’t believe she had won the match.

“I can’t actually describe it in words. I mean I was 0-6 before I came here on court and I was just saying to myself you know just play like you play on your practice courts and just go for it, believe that you can beat her and I’m actually so so happy that I beat her for the first time.”

Kerber will next face Britain’s Johanna Konta who ended the fairytale Australian Open run of Chinese qualifier Zhang Shaui to become the first British woman to reach a grand slam semi-final in 33 years.

Sydney-born Konta defeated Zhang 6-4 6-1.

Kerber says she is proud of her performance in the match.

“Really I was taking it a match at a time while I was here and a point at a time more simply. She definitely didn’t make it easy for me, every time I got a little ahead she was constantly there so I’m not that proud of that but I was happy with how I was able to fight every single point.”

Andy Murray stormed into the Australian Open semi-finals with a four-set win over David Ferrer.

The pair split the opening two sets of their quarter-final and Murray had just broken for a 3-1 lead in the third when organisers delayed the match to shut the roof with a heavy storm approaching from the west.

The eighth-seeded Ferrer was visibly upset with the decision, which appeared to play into Murray’s hands.

He broke the Spaniard again to claim the third set and went on to win 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3 in three hours and 20 minutes.

Murray says he struggled at times during the match.

“That was a pretty brutal match and I think the start of the match wasn’t so good, a lot of unforced errors. But by the second and third set we both started to play long points, it was pretty physical and I held up pretty good I think.”

Murray will be facing off against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, who continued his run of red-hot form on Wednesday night with an impressive win over Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Raonic remains unbeaten in 2016 after accounting for the No.23 seed 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena in two hours and 17 minutes.

His impressive run at the Open follows on from his Brisbane International final win over Swiss master Roger Federer.

Raonic credits his attitude for his success against Monfils.

“I think just perseverence throughout it. I think I just had a lot of opportunities even in that set that I lost, didn’t make the most of it but I just said to myself, keep creating the opportunities and hopefully it goes your way.”