Melbourne Summer Set: Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep march into SF

Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep reached the semi-finals of the Melbourne Summer Set 1 on Friday. Osaka defeated Andrea Petkovic in their quarter-final while Halep came through against Viktorija Golubic.

In the day session, Golubic battled hard against the Romanian, clinching the second set after being a game away from defeat in it and pushing the match into the decider. Halep’s hard-earned win came after two hours and 35 minutes, with a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

A relieved Halep shared after her win that Golubic hadn’t been an easy opponent. She said, “It was really difficult, I have to admit. I didn’t really trust I could win this match, but I fought till the end. I’m very proud of this because in the past I was working a lot on this way. (Golubic) played unbelievable, she was fighting till the end, all the credit to her for this beautiful match. I’m really happy that I could be a little bit stronger in the end. Winning this match means a lot.”

In the semi-final, Halep will play qualifier Qinwen Zheng. Zheng defeated Ana Konjuh 7-6(1), 7-6(5) in two hours and five minutes.

Melbourne Summer Set: Daria Kasatkina continues strong showing

In the evening session, Osaka survived a comeback attempt from Andrea Petkovic to win 6-1, 7-5 in an hour and 14 minutes. For a place in the final, the 2021 Australian Open champion will take on third seed Veronika Kudermetova. The Russian got past fellow Russian, Anastasia Potapova 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.

Meanwhile, in the other event taking place concurrently in Melbourne, Daria Kasatkina moved into the semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Spaniard, Nuria Parrizas Diaz. The third seed from Russia needed an hour and 38 minutes to complete the win. Kasatkina will take on Amanda Anisimova for a chance to reach the final. The American won against Irina-Camelia Begu 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The second semi-final at the Melbourne Summer Set 2 will be between Ann Li and Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The seventh-seeded American won against Kamilla Rakhimova 6-1, 7-5 while Sasnovich’s opponent, the sixth-seeded Clara Tauson retired in their quarter-final with the Belarusian leading 6-3, 2-0.