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Australian Open: Four’s a Barty

Tennis

The GIST: And then there were four. The women’s and men’s Aussie Open semifinals are set, with some can’t-miss matchups on deck.

January 26, 2022
MARK METCALFE/GETTY IMAGES
MARK METCALFE/GETTY IMAGES

The GIST: And then there were four. The women’s and men’s Aussie Open semifinals are set, with some can’t-miss matchups on deck.

Women’s: World No. 1 and Australia’s own Ash Barty rolled through the quarter-finals with a straight-sets win over No. 21 Jessica Pegula, and has yet to drop a single set this tourney. She’ll face unranked American Madison Keys, who’s returning to the Aussie Open semis for the first time since 2015. Don’t call it a comeback.

  • The other semi will feature No. 27 American Danielle Collins against No. 7 Iga Świątek.

Men’s: Corruption” aside, No. 6 Rafael Nadal is now two wins away from a record-setting 21st Grand Slam title. But first, he’ll have to get through No. 7 Matteo Berrettini, the only Italian man to ever advance to the Aussie Open semifinals. Salute!

  • On the other side of the draw, No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas will face No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, who took down Canada’s own No. 9 Félix Auger-Aliassime in a thrilling late-night match.

Off-court: After fans were asked to remove their “Where is Peng Shuai?” (pronounced PUNG sh-WHY) shirts over the weekend, Tennis Australia reversed their decision on Monday.

  • Spectators can now wear T-shirts (but not bring banners) in support of the Chinese tennis player who accused a former Chinese offical of sexual assault, so long as they don’t disrupt the event. The power of public outrage.