Melbourne, Australia, Jan 24 (EFE) – Qinwen Zheng overcame Anna Kalinskaya in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Tuesday to seal her spot in the last four.
The Chinese 12th seed beat the Russian 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-1, in a clash that lasted two hours and 19 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.
Zheng will face Ukrainian qualifier Daria Yastremska, in what will be an unprecedented duel between two players who never played a Grand Slam semifinal.
“She played very well from the baseline. The match was very tough. Don’t think about the first set, I told myself. It’s the first time I play I’m in the semifinals of a slam, I’m very happy,” she said after concluding the clash with seven straight serves.
The Chinese player, who saw the match out with seven straight serves, registered the highest number of direct serves in this year’s Australian Open, with 41.
The win also means Zheng has broken into the world top 10 for the first time in her career. EFE