After winning with the Czech tennis player Karolina Pliskova 6:3, 7:5, Magda Linette advanced to the best four of the Australian Open tournament in Melbourne. This is her first Grand Slam semi-final.
The 30-year-old Poznań resident is the third Polish woman to fight for the final of the Australian Open. A year ago, Iga Świątek failed in this feat, and in 2014 and 2016 Agnieszka Radwańska stopped in the semi-finals.
Linette, who had never made it past the third round in her 29 previous Grand Slam appearances, entered the Melbourne Park tournament ranked 45th on the world list. After advancing to the semi-finals – thanks to 780 ranking points – she moved up to 22nd position in the “virtual” ranking. Previously, it was the highest in 33rd place.
In Melbourne, she also earned 621,000. American bonus dollars.
Her peer Pliskova is the former leader of the tennis classification and a two-time Grand Slam finalist, who was seeded number 30 at the Australian Open this year.
The round of the Polish rival will be determined by the second Wednesday quarter-final between Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (No. 5) and Croatian Donna Vekic.
On Tuesday, seeded 22nd Jelena Rybakina from Kazakhstan, who eliminated Iga Świątek in the 1/8 finals, and Belarusian Wiktoria Azarenka (24) advanced to the semi-finals. (PAP)