Asked about facing the 22-time Grand Slam champion for the first time Australian Open 2017 Live Stream, Konta said: “Believe it or not that’s an incredible experience for me.”She’s one of the few players still playing who I watched growing up. As a young girl wanting to be a professional tennis player, it’s an incredible honour and I can’t wait to play on court with her.
“Once out on court, against anyone, anyone is out there to compete. Hopefully I’ll come off as the winner.
“In terms of enjoying the opportunity and the competition, I will cherish every minute out there.”
The 11th seed won through to the last eight with a 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-2 victory on Monday afternoon, achieved in two hours and 43 minutes.
The win was Goffin’s first against top-10 opposition at a grand slam, and sets up a quarter-final clash with Grigor Dimitrov or Denis Istomin on Wednesday.Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is making another run at the important end of a Grand Slam tournament – for the first time in nearly 20 years – beating US qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Australian Open 2017 Live Stream quarterfinals.The world No.79 took one hour and 10 minutes to cinch the win.She will play either Australian Daria Gavrilova or fifth-seed Karolina Pliskova in the last eight.
Johanna Konta has won the last five games on the trot of her Australian Open fourth-round clash against Russian Ektaterina Makarova to book an eagerly- anticipated encounter against Serena Willaims. The No.9 seed from Britain extended her flawless career win-loss record against Makarova to 4-0 with the 6-1 6-4 victory.
As if the pressure of trying to advance to the quarters isn’t enough, today’s line up are also having to deal with the heat. It’s 36 degrees in Melbourne Park right now.
Australian-born Brit Johanna Konta has powered her way through the first set against Russian Ekaterina Makarova, taking it 6-1. If she wins, she’ll meet Serena in the quarters.
The American powerhouse was tested by Czech 16th seed Barbora Strycova but dug deep to win 7-5, 6-4 in hot conditions and will face either Aussie-born Brit Johanna Konta or Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the last four. They’re up next.
Speaking in front of the statue in his honour at the front of Melbourne Park this morning, Laver admitted he was partial to the idea of Federer and Nadal locking horns once more. “It was pretty amazing that (Novak) Djokovic lost,” Laver said.
“A little surprising. And then of course Murray goes out. It does open the door. Federer is coming through at 35 and playing some of his best tennis I’ve seen in a long time. Rafa Nadal – yeah, it would be nice to see them in the final . They’ve been battling each other for probably the last 11 years and here they are with a good chance they may go though. But plenty of these young players coming through can be troublesome.”
This morning, tennis legends Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Fed Stolle, Roy Emerson, Frank Sedgman and Neale Fraser (L-R in picture) joined Rod Laver to celebrate the installation of his bronze statue that has already become an icon at Melbourne Park.
After getting knocked out of the singles race by German qualifier Mona Barthel on Friday, Aussie Ashleigh Barty and her partner Casey Dellacqua have just had a win in the third round of the women’s doubles, beating Anna-Lena Gronefeld (GER) and Kveta Peschke (CZE) 6-4 6-4.
Queenslander Barty made the doubles finals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open during a golden run in 2013 before leaving the sport to play cricket.
Serena Williams has taken the first set against 16th seed Barbora Strycova 7-5, in set which saw seven breaks of serve.
Can she do it and go all the way? It’s worth noting, Williams began her match on the Rod Laver Arena knowing that if she does clinch the title on Saturday, she will overtake Kerber for the No.1 ranking. Williams lost the top spot, which she had held for three consecutive years, to Kerber after the German won the US Open in September.
Away from the main draw, there are reports this morning that 17-year-old Italian junior player Maria Vittoria Viviani has been automatically disqualified for hitting a ballkid with a spare ball.
Viviani reportedly left the court in tears when the decision was made by the umpire midway through her first round match against Chinese player Xin Yu Wang.
You can see footage of her immediate reaction in the video below.
While we’re waiting for the results to come in, a quick word on the way the draw lines up. The Williams sisters are on opposite sides so the earliest they can meet will be the final.
Serena would break Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of Australian Open 2017 Live Stream 22 Grand Slam titles if she lifts the Melbourne trophy for a seventh time, but said she was taking nothing for granted against Czech Barbora Strycova today. “I’ve seen her play a lot. Venus has played her a few times. I saw her play in Sydney. She’s super-fit. She has a good game. She’s very aggressive,” said the 35-year-old.