Melbourne (Australia) – Former number 1 in the world, Czech Karolina Pliskova arrived with some favoritism for this Wednesday’s duel with Magda Linette, valid for the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. But the Polish woman tried to leave the negative record between them off the court and surprised with a victory in straight sets, scoring partials of 6/3 and 7/5, in 1h29 of dispute.
For the first time disputing the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, the 30-year-old Polish woman is also going to her first semifinal and now waits for the winner of the duel between Aryna Sabalenka and Donna Vekic. As with Pliskova, she also has a negative record against the two, losing the two previous clashes with the Belarusian and the only one she had with the Croatian.
Linette became the third Polish woman to reach the Slam semifinals and could become the first to play in an Australian Open final. This is because Iga Swiatek did not make it past the semifinals in 2022 and Agnieszka Radwanska also failed to overcome this stage, falling in the penultimate round in 2014 and 2016.
In her 30th appearance in one of the four main tournaments on the circuit, now achieving the best record of her career, Linette will also reach her best ranking. Current 42nd in the world, she will surpass by more than 10 places the 33rd position, which was her highest, going temporarily to the 22nd place (it will be 23rd if Vekic is champion or runner-up).
Pliskova entered the court not only with a 7-2 advantage over Linette, but also coming from great victories in the competition. She had not lost a set and left only 19 games in the way in the four previous matches, while the Polish had already asked for a set and 36 games.
In the first game, the Czech got a break, but the answer came right away with her return. Four games later, Linette returned to press her rival’s serve and relied on a poor performance by Pliskova, who lost zero serve and then was unable to recover, missing the only break-point she had until the end.
The second partial was commanded by the Polish woman, who had the serve threatened twice in the fourth game and then missed three break-points in the fifth and two more in the seventh. The definition came only in the 11th, when again Pliskova did not go well with the service and ended up surpassed by Linette, who then confirmed and took the victory.
The serve made the difference for the Polish woman, who won 70% of the points against just 58% for Pliskova. The two ended the match with the same 18 winning balls, only the Czech abused unforced errors and had more than twice as many as Linette (36 to 16).