Men’s Semi Finals results:

No. 6 Marin Cilic beat Kyle Edmund 6-2, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Women’s Semi Finals results:

No. 1 Simona Halep beat No. 21 Angelique Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7

No.2 Caroline Wozniacki beat Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6 (2).

Brief Review:

Marin Cilic brought an emphatic end to Kyle Edmund’s Australian Open dream on Thursday, as he coasted into the final with a 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-2 win.

Edmund, playing in a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time, appeared a little jaded at Rod Laver Arena, allowing Cilic to dictate much of the match with his serve and thunderous groundstrokes. The sixth seed will face either Chung Hyeon or defending champion Roger Federer in Sunday’s final.

In the women’s bracket the top two seeds will contest the climax on Saturday, as Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki both emerged victorious in gripping semi-final matches on Thursday.

Day Twelve Preview:

Even at 36, Roger Federer has tennis homework to do.

He admits knowing precious little about the bespectacled young South Korean Hyeon Chung who faces him across the net on Friday night. The defending champion is respectful of Chung’s shot-making prowess and retrieving powers, which are similar to the 21-year-old’s role model Novak Djokovic.”I’ll definitely have to look into how I need to play against him because he has some great qualities, especially defensively, like Novak has,” Federer said. As a student of tennis history, Federer is intrigued to go into a match for another Grand Slam final spot against one of the game’s emerging new generation rather than a long-standing rival such as Rafael Nadal or Djokovic.

Second-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina will attempt to go one better in the women’s doubles final against fifth seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France. Makarova and Vesnina lost to Italian pair Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the 2014 final.

 

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