January 25, 2024

Australian Open 2024 LIVE updates: Zverev stuns Alcaraz in race to semi-final; Aussies in doubles, juniors action; Gauff takes on Sabalenka

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Play suspended on outdoor courts

Play is officially suspended on the outside courts due to the rain.

Girls’ singles player Emerson Jones is on court three against Sara Saito. Their quarter-final will be moved to a covered court.


Fast start for Hunter, Siniakova

By Scott Spits

Australia’s Matthew Ebden fought his way into the men’s doubles final this afternoon. Now countrywoman Storm Hunter is trying to do the same in her semi-final.

Women’s world No.1 doubles player Hunter is partnered with Czech Katerina Siniakova as the No.3 seeds.

But it’s going to be tough against the second seeds, Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei and Belgian Elise Mertens, on Margaret Court Arena.

Hunter and Siniakova have the early running, leading 3-0.


Ebden into doubles final

VICTORY for Australia’s Matthew Ebden in the men’s doubles!

Ebden and partner Rohan Bopanna of India are in the final after a gutsy performance in a tight semi-final.

For the third straight year at Melbourne Park, there will be at least one Australian in the men’s doubles final.

Ebden and Bopanna had the better of the play in the deciding third set, pulling out all the stops in the 10-point tie-breaker.

They were victorious 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10-7)


Rain stops Emerson Jones’ match

It’s raining again at Melbourne Park.

Play has stopped for the moment in the girls’ singles quarter-finals clash between Australian Emerson Jones and Japan’s Sara Saito on court 3.

It’s 2-1 for Saito in the first set.

Emerson Jones.Credit: Eddie Jim


Around the grounds for Pride Day

Our reporter Charlotte Grieve is out and about at Melbourne Park and has spotted drag queens Bambi and Aysha Buffet bringing some colour to a grey and cloudy day.

Bambi and Aysha Buffet.Credit: Charlotte Grieve

She’s also seen tournament officials handing out temporary tattoos to celebrate Pride Day.

These are some of the temporary tattoos being offered at Melbourne Park.Credit: Charlotte Grieve


So close, and yet so far for Ebden, Bopanna

By Scott Spits

Australia’s Matthew Ebden and partner Rohan Bopanna, of India, are in the fight of their lives in the men’s doubles semi-final on centre court.

Taking on Czech Tomas Machac and China’s Zhizhen Zhang, Ebden and Bopanna failed to close out the match deep in the third set.

First Bopanna dropped serve when they were serving for the match at 5-4. Then, in the next game, they didn’t convert one of their three match points.

It’s now on level pegging in the third set, 6-3, 3-6, 5-5.

Ebden and Bopanna won the opening set.


Who will win the men’s semis? Tell us what you think

Novak Djokovic takes on Jannik Sinnner while Alexander Zverev will do battle with Daniil Medvedev on Rod Laver Arena tomorrow.

Who will win the men’s semi-finals? Tell us what you think in the polls below.


Hayden Jones’ Open dream ends

By Marc McGowan

The Australian Open title dream is over for one half of Australia’s brother-sister act.

Hayden Jones, 17 has lost his quarter-final to tall Czech Jan Kumstat, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-5.

Hayden Jones.Credit: Eddie Jim

Jones had some chances to break back in the final game, but Kumstat’s big serve – he hit 13 aces – helped him escape.

Australia’s hopes now rest with Jones’ 15-year-old sister, Emerson, who faces No.2 seed Sara Saito, of Japan, next on the same court.


Men’s semi-finals schedule

The schedule of play for tomorrow at the Australian Open has just been released.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will take to Rod Laver Arena in the afternoon session to do battle with Italian Jannik Sinner.

And in the evening session, world No. 3 Daniil Medvedev takes on Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

It’s not often Djoker plays in the afternoon on centre court at Melbourne Park, but he’s had one experience of it under the blazing sun already.

A mild top of 21 degrees is forecast for Melbourne tomorrow, so conditions will be better for our semi-finalists.


Ebden, Bopanna fight back

By Scott Spits

The men’s doubles semi-final is fluctuating big time.

Now it’s Australia’s Matthew Ebden and India’s Rohan Bopanna who have the momentum in the third set.

They lead Czech Tomas Machac and China’s Zhizhen Zhang 6-3, 3-6, 4-1. A spot in the final is up for grabs, don’t forget.

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