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Coco keeps going

The surprise of the day was in the womenŠ—Ès draw where the unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe comfortably eliminated the French Open champion and seventh seed, Garbine Muguruza of Spain, 6-4 6-0.

Once I got rolling in the second, it was like a freight train - you couldnŠ—Èt stop it!

The surprise of the day was in the womenŠ—Ès draw where the unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe comfortably eliminated the French Open champion and seventh seed, Garbine Muguruza of Spain, 6-4 6-0.

Having rolled past some marquee names including the top seed and world number one Angelique Kerber, the No35 ranked American reached the semi-finals of a major for the first time in her career and is eyeing a place in the final with some confidence.

However, she will be meeting one of the most experienced players on the circuit, in the form of Venus Williams who reached her 21st grand slam semi-final, albeit it is her first in Melbourne in 14 years!

Their clash guarantees an American will be appearing in the final which could be an All-American affair if Serena Williams progresses in the bottom half of the draw.

For Vandeweghe the win was the 10th of her career against a Top 10 player. In it she saved the only break point against her with an ace and only conceded 10 points in the 28-minute second set whitewash. Of her 31 winners, 14 were from her powerful forehand side.

Š—“Once I got rolling in the second, it was like a freight train,Š— the exuberant American said, Š—“you couldnŠ—Èt stop it!Š—

The 36-year-old Williams beat No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-4 7-6(3) and becomes the oldest player to reach the last four at the Aussie Open in the modern era.

She hasnŠ—Èt reached a quarter-final of any major since 2011 when she was diagnosed with the SjogrenŠ—Ès syndrome (an illness which saps energy and causes joint pain) until the 2015 Australian Open. She lost in the first round in Melbourne last year, but then made the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Š—“ItŠ—Ès wonderful to start the year out with this appearance,Š— the veteran who hadnŠ—Èt reached the semi-finals in Australia since 2003 when she progressed to the final itself only to lose to her little sister Serena, a scenario which looks increasingly likely to be repeated this year.

Š—“I want to go further. IŠ—Èm not happy just with this. But IŠ—Èm so happy to be in the position to like go further,Š— she concluded.


Federer chase down a shot

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Meanwhile in the menŠ—Ès draw, Roger Federer stormed through to his 41st semi-final at a major and his 13th in Melbourne where will he will face Stan Wawrinka in what will be an All-Swiss clash for a place in the Championship match.

Returning from a six-month injury layoff, the 35-year-old Federer lifted his game to score a 6-1 7-5 6-2 win over Mischa Zverev, the German ranked 50, who upset the rankings by eliminating the title favourite and top-seeded Andy Murray two nights earlier.

Making the last four was more than he expected, Federer revealed after the match in his first tournament since Wimbledon.

Š—“IŠ—Èm pleased with the way I started the match … after that, naturally everythingŠ—Ès easier,Š— Federer, the holder of a record 17 grand slam titles, said. Š—“Second set was definitely a key to shut it down for him. Then in the third set I think I was rolling.Š—

Wawrinka also had a relatively comfortable passage through his quarter-final clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by defeating the Frenchman 7-6(2) 6-4 6-3.

The remaining semi-final spots will be filled Tuesday.





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