Paul’s spirit ‘Shelton Storm’ calmed down

Tommy Paul (35th, USA) calmed the momentum of Ben Shelton (89th, USA, picture below), who had a strong serve. Paul reached the semifinals of his first major tournament.

Paul won 3-1 (7-6<8-6> 6-3 5-7 6-4) after a match against Shelton in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Australian Open men’s singles held in Melbourne, Australia on the 25th. did.

Paul had the pleasure of reaching the semifinals of a major for the first time. Previously, the best record was last year’s round of 16 at Wimbledon. At the Australian Open, reaching the third round in 2020 was the best.

Men’s tennis, which has been strong in Europe for a long time, is showing signs of change at the Australian Open. Among the players who made it to the quarterfinals, as many as three American players were included. In the semifinals, only Paul survived. It is the first time in 14 years that an American player has advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open since Andy Roddick (retired) in 2009. Another semifinal matchup in the men’s singles is between Stephanos Tsitsipas (4th place, Greece) and Karen Khachanov (20th place, Russia).

Among the players who participated in this tournament, Shelton stood out by far. The 21-year-old Shelton made his major singles debut at last year’s US Open. This Australian Open was his second major tournament, and he showed tremendous growth by advancing to the quarterfinals. He is a typical American style player who uses strong serve as his main weapon, recording the highest serve speed of 228 km in this tournament.

However, Paul overpowered Shelton’s rise with experience. After defeating Shelton after a tie-break in the 1st set, Paul even dominated the 2nd set and seized the victory. However, after breaking Shelton’s serve game at the start of the 4th set, he kept his own serve game to lead the game score 2-0, and finished the game by maintaining the difference to the end. 메이저사이트

Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, Arina Savalenka (5th place, Belarus) defeated Donna Bekic (64th place, Croatia) 2-0 (6-3 6-2) and advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time in her life. .

With Sabalenka’s advance to the semifinals, all of the Australian Open women’s singles semifinal draws are complete. Sabalenka will play the semifinals on the 26th with Magda Linnette (45th, Poland), who defeated Karolina Pliskova (31st, Czech Republic) 2-0 (6-3, 7-5). Lynette has never risen more than 3 rounds in singles at a major tournament, but she is showing good results in this tournament by knocking down the strong players one after another.

She defeated both No. 19 Annet Conta Bate (Estonia) in the second round, No. 18 Katerina Alexandrova (Russia) in the third round, and No. 4 Karoline García (France) in the fourth round. Another semifinal matchup is between Elena Rivakina (25th, Kazakhstan) and Victoria Azaranka (24th, Belarus).

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