The Australian Open 2010 results nearly knocked off every star left today. But the Australian Open 2010 results did spare a few top seeds. When Venus Williams went down, and Serena Williams got into a huge deficit, it looked like a day of massive upsets and unpredictability was at hand. But eventually, order was restored by Serena and Roger Federer, and the Australian Open 2010 results still favored some favorites.
The last night of play started with Venus Williams facing upstart Li Na from China. Everyone expected that Venus and Serena would breeze through to a semifinal show, but Na immediately made sure that did happen. Her 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 win sent her to the semis instead, as she staved off elimination in the second set to rally back.
The Australian Open 2010 results have been more favorable to Chinese women than the Williams sisters so far. Na joined Jie Zheng in the semifinals, while there is only one Williams sister left to balance them out. But for most of the night, it looked like the Australian Open would have no Williams’ left.
Serena got off to the worst start possible against Victoria Azarenka, going down 4-6 and 0-4. But two points away from elimination, the top seed woke up and won the next five games, followed by a second set tiebreaker. From then on, the rest was easy to guess, as Williams got an easy 6-2 third set win.
The Australian Open 2010 results have yielded Serena Williams vs Li Na in one semifinal, and Jie Zheng vs the returning Justine Henin in the other. For the men’s side, their final four is all but set, with some surprises of their own along the way.
The biggest shock of all was that Roger Federer lost a set, as Nikolay Davydenko got a surprising 6-2 first set win. But Federer shook it off to win the rest, by 6-3, 6-0 and 7-5. Federer is once more in a Grand Slam semifinal, while in the other quarters, the lower seeds have won each time.
This trend in the Australian Open 2010 results was capped off by third-seeded Novac Djokovic going down to 10’th seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-6, 6-7, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Tsonga gets Federer next for his trouble, while Andy Murray and Marin Cilic meet in the other half.
Upsets have come more often each day in the Australian Open 2010, but these results haven’t touched Federer or Serena Williams – as they usually don’t. Of course, Serena was all too close to defeat herself, and Federer didn’t look like himself early on. But these two top seeds seem to be so powerful, they can turn the switch back on in an instant.
Serena will get right back on the court in tomorrow’s play to face Ni, as the two women’s semifinals and Murray-Cilic take place. The Australian Open 2010 results have now whittled down eight remaining singles players, and more than a few upstarts left to take on the now heavier favorites.
Australian Open- “Men’s Singles Draws”
ESPN- “Tale of two sisters in Aussie quarters”
The Canadian Press- “2 Chinese women take their own teams, styles into semifinals without state sports system”
Sportal New Zealand- “Australian Open Preview – Day 11”