The Australian Open has entered the Semi Final stage in both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments. There are just 4 players of each gender remaining, fighting it out to see which will come out on top in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
In the women’s game, Maria Sharapova is on fire. She has barely wasted a second in breezing past all of her opponents so far. She is fancied by many to go on to win the tournament and maybe more this year if she can carry on such fantastic form. She beat her fellow Russian Makarova in the quarter finals and is looking ahead to facing Li Na in the semis. Li Na triumphed over the World Number 4 Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 to book her place in the final 4.
Pre Tournament favourite Serena Williams was leading against fellow American Sloane Stephens and had taken the first set before she was treated at length for back spasms. She then completely fell apart, losing the last two sets and crashing out of the tournament. Stephens, who was not expected to triumph, was delighted to reach the Semi Finals and Maria Sharapova will have had a grin on her face as the only woman some predicted could stop her has now exited the tournament. Stephens will face Azarenka, the top seed in the world in women’s tennis, who beat her Russian opponent in straight sets to get to this stage.
In the Men’s game, British number 1 Andy Murray is still in the running for another title after making the semis. The world number 3 defeated his opponent Jeremy Chardy in straight sets to advance into the final four where he will face the renowned Roger Federer. The Swiss legend is there after a tight five set game against Tsonga in which he eventually triumphed, despite the Frenchman’s big hitting.
In the other semi, top seed Novak Djokovic will still be looking to defend his crown after being pushed to a 4 set match with Thomas Berdych. Djokovic will hope to be champion for the 3rd year running, although the 2010 champion Federer is still in with a chance of stopping that feat. The Serbian maestro will play David Ferrer after he beat fellow Spaniard in the quarter final, despite being taken all the way in a five set thriller.
There is still a long way to go before the men and women’s champions are crowned, so place your bets now. betinternet.com has both match odds and the outright winners.