The Semi Finals at the Australian Open come to a close on Friday with Roger Federer and Simona Halep headlining both draws for the day.
The legendary Roger Federer began his Australian Open campaign with a dominant display against Aljaz Bedene, cruiging to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win. He again won in straight sets in his second round clash with German Jan Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6. Federer then took 2 hours to beat 29th seed Richard Gasquet in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. In the round of 16, Federer continued his run of undefeated sets with a 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 win over Marton Fucsovics. He continued his dominant campaign I the quarter final, beating 19th seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The 58th ranked South Korean youngster Hyeon Chung has become the first Korean player to reach the semi’s of a Grand Slam. He was in control against 32nd seed Mischa Zverev 6-2, 4-1 before the German retired. Daniil Medvedev was no match for Chung in the second round, as he fell 7-6, 6-1, 6-1. Chung then took 3 and a half hours to beat fourth seed Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. In the fourth round, he was sublime in his straight sets win over 14th seed Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. Chung’s form continued as he rolled through American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6, 6-3.
Betting: Federer $1.12; Chung $6.00.
Halep opened her campaign here with a win of Australian teenage wild card Destanee Aiava 7-6, 6-1. In Round 2, Halep was at her absolute best as she decimated the talented Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. The third round saw Halep forced into an epic battle with American Lauren Davis, with a long third set which eventually went Halep’s way as she won 4-6, 6-4, 15-13. Halep made light work of Japanese Teenager Naomi Osaka in the fourth round, winning 6-3, 6-2. The top seed then made light work of sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarters, winning 6-3, 6-2.
21st seed here Kerber has been in very strong form so far. She blitzed her first round compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsham 6-0, 6-4 and was just as ruthless in her second round demolition of Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1. In the third round, Kerber was even more brilliant, hammering Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3. She dropped her first set of the tournament in the fourth round to Su Wei Hsieh, but came from behind to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Kerber then strolled through her Quarter final with 17th seed Madison Keys, scoring an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win.
Betting: Halep $2.10; Kerber $1.72