Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the Australian Open 2023 quarterfinals on day 10. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolds at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
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Todays quarterfinals schedule
Women’s Singles –  Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs Magda Linette (POL) – Pliskova leads head-to-head 7-2
Women’s Singles –  Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs Donna Vekic (CRO) – Not before 7:30AM IST (Vekic leads head-to-head 5-1)
Men’s Singles – Ben Shelton (USA) vs Tommy Paul (USA) – Not before 9AM IST (First-time meeting)
Men’s Singles –  Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs  Andrey Rublev (RUS) – 2PM IST (Djokovic leads head-to-head 2-1)
SECOND SET (* denotes server)
Pliskova 3-3 Linette* – Linette up 40-0 in no time. Deep crosscourt backhand return from Pliskova sets up a forehand winner for her. However, Linette closes the game with a backhand down the line.
Pliskova* 3-2 Linette – A double fault from Pliskova. Followed by a backhand error – the former World No.1 is down 0-30. Now a forehand into the net, Linette has three break points. Pliskova saves one as Linette’s sliced backhand does not rise at all. Second break point saved as well as Linette hits a forehand return long. Brilliant recovery from Pliskova to save the third break point as well – deuce. Unforced error on the forehand from Linette and Pliskova has a game point. Pliskova misses the line by a whisker while going for the backhand – deuce again. Flat and powerful forehand shots from Pliskova helping her – another game point on offer. Wide serve into the ad court and Linette unable to return. Miraculous save from Pliskova as she comes from 0-40 down to hold.
Pliskova 2-2 Linette* – A backhand down the line pass winner from Linette after Pliskova seemed to have won the point – 15-0. Beautiful backhand down the line winner, this time from Pliskova to get to 30-all. Excellent crosscourt backhand return from Pliskova and Linette is now facing a break point. Nicely saved with a drop shot – deuce. Forehand from Linette barely crosses the net during the rally and Pliskova puts it away with a crosscourt backhand. Another opportunity goes away for Pliskova as she goes for a forehand down the line but it is wide by quite some distance – deuce again. Second serve from Linette, Pliskova attacks with a forehand down the line return but unfortunately, it lands beyond the baseline. Game point for Linette. Another heavy forehand return from Pliskova and Linette survives.
Pliskova* 2-1 Linette – A love hold for Pliskova. That should give her some confidence.
Pliskova 1-1 Linette* – An ace to begin the opening service game of the second set for Linette. Another great first serve down the T and Pliskova’s return does not cross the net. Whoa! Linette hits a simple backhand down the line long after setting up the point nicely. Still, up by 40-30. Crosscourt forehand from Pliskova hits the net and Linette holds.
Pliskova* 1-0 Linette – Pliskova to serve first in the second set. Needs to make a good start. And she does. Pliskova holds.
FIRST SET (* denotes server)
Pliskova 3-6 Linette* – Linette to serve for the set now. Backhand error from Pliskova and Linette is 15-0 up. Heavy forehand from Pliskova and she is down 0-30. Deep and heavy but precise hitting from Pliskova this time and Linette hits a backhand long. First proper rally (12 shots) and it is Pliskova who comes out on top as Linette hits an inside-out forehand wide. An inside-out forehand winner from Pliskova and she has a break point at 40-30. Second serve from Linette and Pliskova’s backhand return is long – deuce. Strong first serve down the T from Linette, the return from Pliskova is long. A heavy backhand from Pliskova and Linette takes the opening set 6-3 in 35 minutes!
Pliskova* 3-5 Linette – Pliskova to serve to stay in the set. A double fault from Pliskova at 40-0. Still, shouldn’t be much of an issue closing this game. Well, there goes another game point courtesy of an overhit crosscourt backhand from the Czech. Forehand volley to seal the deal. Pliskova holds.
Pliskova 2-5 Linette* – Deep backhand service return sets up the forehand winner for former World No.1 Pliskova who is up 30-15 on Linette’s serve. Linette does well to get out of danger and hold.
Pliskova* 2-4 Linette – Linette doing well to force Pliskova to one corner of the baseline before finding winners on the other – a drop shot first and now, a backhand down the line to go 30-0 up. A double fault from Pliskova and Linette has three break points. Inside-out forehand from Pliskova goes wide and Linette breaks!
Pliskova 2-3 Linette* – Another clean game from Linette. Love hold.
Pliskova* 2-2 Linette – Pliskova closes her service game with a forehand down the line.
Pliskova 1-2 Linette* – Better from the Polish player. Love hold.
Pliskova* 1-1 Linette – And we are back on serve as Linette breaks Pliskova quite comfortably.
Pliskova 1-0 Linette* – Linette to serve first. And straight away, Pliskova is up 40-30 and has a break point. And she converts it with a cross court forehand pass.
5:30AM – Magda Linette, who has reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in her 30th attempt, takes on former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova in the third women’s singles quarterfinal.
Where to watch 2023 Australian Open in India?
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