Two of the quarter semi-finalists are set.
On a lovely day down at Melbourne Park both Sofia Kenin and Ash Barty required just two sets to progress to their first semi-finals at the Australian Open.
Sofia Kenin was the first player up on Day 9 and the American set the tone quite quickly in her match against Ons Jabeur. Despite the Tunisian coming out and swinging early on hitting her marks I just love the business like approach from Kenin and directed play so well off that forehand.
Serving out the opening set was a bit of a tricky ask with Ons continuing to send the ball back with interest when it sat up nicely but despite some visible frustrations she got the job done.
Kenin showed she can adapt to a different approach and soaked up the winners that the Tunisian was hitting and prolong rallies really opening up the court with her forehand.
It was a solid performance from the American who is having the most incredible 12 months as advanced to her first semi-final at a Grand Slam.
Up next on Rod Laver Arena was Ash Barty and the stadium began to fill up.
Pressure was on following her straight sets defeat this time last year to Kvitova and a tough opening set was vital for the Aussie.
As the first set approached the tie-break there was a feeling in the air of a potential missed opportunity from who in a first set where 106 points were played she only took 1 out of 9.
A 14 point tie-break ending in a 7-6 (8-6) win for Barty set her up and she didn’t look back. There were only 49 points played in the second set as the number turned it on for probably one of the biggest wins of her career.
The first time Ash has beaten a top 10 opponent in a major and the first Time she has made the semi-finals of her home slam!