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Linette’s Upset Victory over Pliskova Secures Semi-Final Spot at Australian Open

Magda Linette was in disbelief after advancing to the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a stunning 6-3 7-5 victory over former world number one Karolina Pliskova. The 45th ranked Linette played controlled tennis and deservedly won the match on Rod Laver Arena.

Linette was not expected to perform as well as her compatriot Iga Swiatek but will now face Aryna Sabalenka or Donna Vekic for a spot in the final. Linette said, “It’s so much and I can’t really believe it. It’s really 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.” After both players were broken in their opening service game, Linette took control of the first set as Pliskova made 14 unforced errors. Pliskova tried to improve in the second set but Linette was able to counter every move. The set remained on serve but Linette broke for 6-5 when Pliskova double faulted.

Linette reached the last four for the first time in 30 Grand Slam appearances.

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