The remaining men's and women's semi-finalists are decided on another exciting day in Melbourne Park.
Petra Kvitova ordered her place in the last four with a victory over Ash Barty last night and Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova are struggling to join her.
On the men's side, Novak Djokovic looks to keep his hopes for a seventh Australian open crown alive, while Milos Raonic takes Lucas Pouille into place in semis. 1
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Naomi Osaka (Japan, 4) defeated Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 6) 6-4, 6-1
Live: Serena Williams (USA, 16) v Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic, 7) 4-6 6-4
Milos Raonic (Canada, 16) against Lucas Pouille (France, 28)
Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) v Kei Nishikori (Japan, 8)
4.20: Serena fighting back
It was a big problem for the goat. Serena went into a set and a break for Pliskova, as Williams continues to make undisturbed mistakes.
It took two break points for the Czech Republic to go up 3-2 in the second set, but Williams broke back immediately to get things back on the server and now leads 4-3.
Still, the undisturbed failures of being mounted, and perhaps her extended fourth round battle against Simona Halep has been hurting into this because her movement is sluggish and she dumps an alarming amount of balls into the net.
3.50pm: Serena loses first set
Serena Williams was shocked when she hosted an early break against Karolina Pliskova in their quarter-finals.
The Czech star took a 3-1 advantage in the First set and life looked like it was getting much worse for Williams, as she faced three breakpoints. But the Americans fought her back to deuce and after a few more momentum shifts finally won the game to stay in the competition for 2-3.
Pliskova may have missed the opportunity to go on a double break, but she still had enough fitness to take her chances on the server as she wrapped the first set 6-4.
She was dominant in serving throughout the opening set, as she avoided a single breakpoint.
2.30: Osaka Steam Rollers Svitolina
Elina Svitolina demanded the coach when she went down 0-3 in the second set after losing the first and then crushed when she bent her head while waiting for the chair.
She seemed to be treated for a shoulder / back problem and got physio as she asked for a medical timeout.
Osaka was running w at the moment the game was resumed, racing to a 5-0 before Svitolina finally came on the board. The Japanese star had no trouble leveling out the match for a 6-4 6-1 victory.
Osaka, who won his first major in last year's US Open, is the first player since Kim Clijsters in 2006 to make semis of the next major after winning their big slam.
She is also the first Japanese woman to reach the last four at the Australian Open since Kimiko Date in 1994.
"It is unfortunate that she was hurt. She played against her, even when she was wounded, was still very hard, "Osaka said.
For me, my goal was to try as hard as possible and not get angry. "
Osaka was eager to get out of the Melbourne heat, and the beloved star made everyone in the crowd laugh when she apologized for cutting her interview briefly.
" Honestly, I'm just trying to go in because it is a little hot right now, "she laughed.
12.30: Kvitova breaks down
Petra Kvitova looked at Australia Open from a distance two years ago, a month after she was wounded in a violent invasion of the home.
The n she lost in the first round last year and admitted that she had not returned to a standard that earned her two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon.
Until now it is. knew that the question had come, perhaps too late. Still after her 6-1, 6-4 win over Ash Barty on Tuesday night, the issue in an on-site interview reduced tears.
She was asked if she ever had doubted, ever lost the belief that she i am back at this moment, she just had qu Aligned to his first major semifinals since she ran for the 2014 Wimbledon title. There was hardly a dry eye in the arena.
As she paused to breathe and wipe away tears, encouragement and bowl intensified from the crowd and reached a crescendo after nearly 20 seconds to allow Kvitova to respond to Jim Courier's questions.
"Thank you guys. Um, no, really," she said. "I couldn't imagine playing at this big stadium and playing with the best."
Later, she explained the tears were "a mixture of feelings of everything I have gone through."
"Sometimes I recognize nothing from the past," she said. "But when Jim asked it, it wasn't really easy for me to see myself being in a semifinal after all."
Since returning to the majesties of the French Shop in 2017, she has had two first-round exits, two second round losses, two in the third. The highlight was a race to the 2017 US Open quarterfinals.
Now she's on a 10-victory game that has also beaten Barty for the Sydney title this week before the Australian Open, and feels she's back in the big time.
"Certainly. I call it my second career." So it's the first semifinal of the second career, "Kvitova says. "Yes, it took me a while. I've never really played so well at Grand Slams, so I'm happy this time, it's different. I really enjoy it."
And she really is. Her five wins have been in equal set at an average time of about 1 hour, 6 minutes.
The difference is fewer nerves, more job satisfaction and more freedom.
"I see life a little differently compared to before. I know it's just the sport, it's just tennis," she said. "Always, when you do something, you will do the best. Of course you will lose, it hurts a lot because you do everything for it."
"On the other hand … I always look back and see what I achieved from the time (before the violent attack). It is always both sides. But ultimately the whole life wins."
She plays Danielle Collins next and is one of the few people who entered the tournament who could have predicted the Americans' race so far.
Collins has a 5-5 career record in Grand Slam matches. It was 0-5 when she came to Melbourne this month. She has taken out three seeded players, including a 6-0, 6-2 win over three-hour major champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.
In the quarterfinals, she returned to superiors Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 7 -5, 6-1 – admitted only three points in the third when she drove to a 5-0 lead.
Collins took Kvitova for three long sets at Brisbane International, her first match of the season. So Kvitova, who Kerber is left-handed, is cautious.
"I won it, but it was over three hours," said Kvitova o for her semifinal rival. "She is very fearless and she plays very, very aggressive."
Collins said she had followed Kvitova's career and admired the 28-year-old Czech player, but was ready to make her win No. 6 in her hot strip.
"She's an incredible master, has gone a lot," Collins said. "We had a really good match a couple of weeks ago, one of the best games I've played. I didn't even win the game, so much familiar with her. Look forward to the next match."
Kvitova revoked Collins has the opportunity to earn a living in Brisbane and said she should be better off winning again.
But at second thought she said, "It's a semifinal, so who cares?"
"I've always wanted to come back and play at the highest level, compete with the best, play Grand Slams, actually be very deep in Grand Slam that happens," Kvitova says about his second time round to the semi-finals. "Yes, it took me a little to the tears, but it was really tears."
12.10: Nadal holds his kit on
Frances Tiafoe is accustomed to taking off her shirt and beating his chest at the celebration win in Melbourne Park, but Rafael Nadal should not watch as he joined US dream run Tuesday night .
The Spaniard defeated Tiafoe 6-3 6-4 6-2 and it took an interesting turn in his interview with John McEnroe, who urged the veteran to get his kit away.
JM: I suppose you noticed in a couple of Frances Tiafo's victories that he tore his shirt off when he won … do you ever get the temptation to do it with the body you have?
RN: No, to be honest, I don't have his body. 19659002] JM: You could have fooled me, it looks nice to me.
RN: You can do that, I can't.
JM: You don't want t o see mine. Do you want to care to make it public only once?
The audience roared enthusiastically at McEnroe's suggestion, but Nadal's shirt stuck to her body, much to (some of) the fans' disappointment.
11.30: Coach Challenges Scary Serena Warning
Having passed his biggest test of the Australian Open with a World No. 1 victory Simona Halep, Serena Williams is ready to claim another grand slam title according to his coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Williams is out to match Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors after falling short on the US Open and Wimbledon last year as a hit finalist. Before her quarter-finals along with Karolina Pliskova in Melbourne Park on Wednesday, her long-term mother Williams finally returned to her physical and mental top since birth 16 months ago.
In her last Australian appearance in 2017, Williams won the title when she was pregnant with her daughter Olympia.
"I think she's better than she was last year, because even though she made a lot of effort to get back into shape last year, I don't think she had enough time," Mouratoglou said.
"For a top-level athlete to come back and be 100 percent pass after having a baby sometime, I think there was not enough time."
"I now feel she's back to Being Serena on both the physical and emotional side. "Mouratoglou said that while she was not lacking in motivation, it was too early last year for Williams to return to her grand slam-winning ways.
"She was very motivated last year, but it was just too early for her," he said. "She was ready to reach a final, but there is a big difference in reaching a final and winning it."
"I didn't want to say that when she lost because it sounds like an excuse, but you can't buy time – things take time."
Mouratoglou's seven-year partnership with Williams was under pressure when she received a warning in the US Open final win for Naomi Osaka for off-court coaching.
It led to Williams' breakdown, with Mouratoglou's concession after the fight, he had coaching despite his denials.
But the Frenchman was not worried that Williams would accuse him or even practice him as a trainer.
"I hope our seven-year relationship is a little stronger than a president," he said.
"She's too clever to do it – it's not a reason to make a decision that will affect your future."
"I think she's also very responsible and blaming no others for her problems. "
Day 10 preview
Naomi Osaka's clash with Elina Svitolina starts a day of exciting match-ups ending Australia's open semifinal lineups on Wednesday.
Japanese World No. 4 and Sixth Seed Ukrainian Svitolina are first up on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday with Osaka out to build on its breakthrough US Open triumph last year.
A victory would put the 21-year-old on the field for a semi-final rematch of her controversial showdown with Serena Williams in the Flushing Meadows decider. 19659002] Williams, who had a meltdown on a chair referee in the match, is faced with towering Czech Karolina Pliskova in Wednesday's afternoon fight. Two-hour Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and unhardened American Danielle Collins meet in the second semifinal Thursday.
Kvitova defeated Australian hopes Ashleigh Barty in straight set on Tuesday night, while Collins defeated Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Florida native Collins continued his dream run in his first main draw appearance in Melbourne Park, which has never won a big game before the tournament.
Large-serving Canadian Milos Raonic quarter-final clash with Frenchman Lucas Pouille starts the Men's action Wednesday.
The winner faces either Serbian top seed Novak Djokovic or Japan's Kei Nishikori, who will collide in the night session at Rod Laver Arena. Going to a seventh Australian open crown, Djokovic hopes to exploit the marathon man Nishikori has spent nearly 14 hours in court in a scam for the last eight.
Rafael Nadal on Tuesday evening dismantled rising American Frances Tiafoe to set up a semifinal meeting with Greek prodigy Stefanos Tsitsipas.