Zheng advances to Australian Open Semifinals with impressive comeback victory over Kalinskaya

Posted : 24 January 2024

In a remarkable comeback, Zheng Qinwen overcame a shaky start to defeat Russian Anna Kalinskaya 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-1, securing her place in the Australian Open semifinals for the first time. The Chinese 12th seed initially faced challenges, with both players displaying nervous moments and trading breaks.

 

Despite Kalinskaya clinching the first set with a big backhand, Zheng regrouped and broke her opponent for a 5-3 lead in the second set, ultimately leveling the match and showcasing top-quality tennis.

 

In the decisive third set, Zheng dominated, breaking Kalinskaya without losing a point in the third game to secure a commanding victory.

 

Zheng Qinwen's triumph sets up an intriguing semifinal clash with Ukrainian qualifier Dayana Yastremska, adding further excitement to the Australian Open as both players aim to advance to the tournament's final stages.

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