Later on…published at 08:31
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While Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff are no strangers to playing big matches at Grand Slam tournaments, Chinese 12th seed Zheng Qinwen and Ukrainian qualifier Dayana Yastremska will both be in uncharted territory when they contest the biggest match of their respective careers in the day’s second semi-final.
The 21-year-old Zheng, set to move into the world’s top 10 following her comeback quarter-final win over unseeded Russian Anna Kalinskaya, is through to the last four at a Slam for the first time – 10 years after compatriot Li Na triumphed in Melbourne.
But while Zheng also reached the last eight at the US Open, world number 93 Yastremska’s previous best performance at a major was a run to the Wimbledon fourth round in 2019 and the 23-year-old has become the first qualifier to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in the women’s draw in 46 years.
What an opportunity they both have today.
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