Linette powers into Australian Open semis

Sport, Tennis

Unseeded Pole Magda Linette has continued her dream run at the Australian Open, upsetting former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova to book a semi-final berth.

Linette, 30, made the crucial break in the 11th game of the second set and held her nerve to serve out the match, winning 6-3 7-5 in one hour, 27 minutes.

In her previous 29 grand slam appearances, Linette had never advanced further than the third round.

“It's so emotional; I can't really believe it,” she said. “Dreams come true.

“We keep going though.

“I don't want to get too excited because we're still in the tournament but I'm super grateful and happy.”

The late-blooming Pole admitted she had become much better at managing her emotions on the court.

“All through my life I've been taking mistakes and losses very personally, so I had to disconnect those two things,” she said.

“It was really difficult, because I felt a lot of times that the misses, the mistakes, were defining me.

“My coaches and I did a really great job, and I'm really thankful to them, because they really put up with a lot of crap.”

All five of Linette's scalps at Melbourne Park this year have been ranked inside the top 50 in the world.

The loss means Pliskova's long wait for a maiden grand slam title continues.

The 30-year-old Czech has lost both of her major finals – at the 2016 US Open to Angelique Kerber and at Wimbledon two years ago to Ash Barty.

Linette will play either No.5 seed Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus or unseeded Croatian Donna Vekic in the semis.

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