Elena Rybakina has become the first woman into the semi-finals at this year’s Australian Open with a 6-2,6-4 win over Jelena Ostapkenko.
Rybakina will either face American’s Jessica Pegula or two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.
For Pegula, a win today to reach the semi-finals will be her best result at a grand slam to date. Whilst for Azarenka, she hasn’t reached the semi-finals in Melbourne since 2013, the year she won her second Australian Open title.
Whilst in the men’s draw, Sebastian Korda retired with a wrist injury whilst two sets down to Karen Khachanov. The Russian won 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 3-0 to reach his second consecutive grand slam semi-final.
Stefanos Tsitsipas seeks to halt the dream run of Jiri Lehecka in the night session on the Rod Laver Arena, where the third-seeded player is chasing his third consecutive Australian Open semi-final appearance.
Australian Open dates
The tournament started at Melbourne Park on Monday, January 16 and finishes on Sunday, January 29.
How to watch the Australian Open 2023 on TV
In the UK, Eurosport has the broadcasting rights to live action from Melbourne and will show 250 hours of live coverage with Alize Lim, Mats Wilander and Tim Henman leading coverage alongside Barbara Schett and Laura Robson. John McEnroe, will join from New York while Alex Corretja (Spain), Justine Henin (France), Boris Becker (Germany) and Roberta Vinci (Italy) will be part of Eurosport’s localised coverage.
To watch on discovery+, an Entertainment & Sport pass is £6.99/month or £59.99/year. In the US, the tournament is broadcast on ESPN.
Day nine order of play
(All times local, +11 hours from GMT)
Rod Laver Arena
11:00: Lizette Cabrera (Australia) & John-Patrick Smith (Australia) v Luisa Stefani (Brazil) & 22 Rafael Matos (Brazil)
Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) v (17) Jelena Ostapenko (Lativia),
18 Karen Khachanov (Russia) v 29 Sebastian Korda (United States),
19:00: Jessica Pegula (United States) v 24 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
3 Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) v Jiri Lehecka (Czech Republic)
Margaret Court Arena
11:00:Tereza Mihalikova (Slovakia) & Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) v 6 Desirae Krawczyk (United States) & Demi Schuurs (Netherlands)
14:00: Maddison Inglis (Australia) & Jason Kubler (Australia) v Olivia Gadecki (Australia) & Marc Polmans (Australia)
11:00: Jeremy Chardy (France) & Fabrice Martin (France) v 3 Marcelo Arevalo (Spain) & Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands)
16:00: Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) & David Vega Hernandez (Spain) v Sania Mirza (India) & R Bopanna (India)
12:30: Benjamin Bonzi (France) & Arthur Rinderknech (France) v Hugo Nys (Monacan) & Jan Zielinski (Poland)
3 Desirae Krawczyk (United States) & 3 Neal Skupski (Great Britain) v Taylor Townsend (United States) & Jamie Murray (Great Britain)
What is the Australian Open prize money?
The Australian Open total prize pool is $76.5 million, up 3.4 per cent on 2022. The singles champions will each take home $2.975 million, so just over £2.47 million.
Who are the defending champions?
Ashleigh Barty beat Danielle Collins to end a 44-year drought for the home nation by winning the 2022 women’s title. Barty retired shortly afterwards.
Rafael Nadal fought back from two sets down to defeat Daniil Medvedev and win his 21st grand slam title. This year, Nadal was eliminated in the second round by Mackenzie McDonald.
What are the best of the latest odds?
- Novak Djokovic 4/11
- Stefanos Tsitsipas 7/2
- Karen Khachanov 10/1
- Andrey Rublev 18/1
- Elena Rybakina 17/10
- Jessica Pegula 4/1
- Aryna Sabalenka 21/10
- Victoria Azarenka 9/1
Odds correct as of January 24