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Ons Jabeur’s Australian Open preparations have taken a hit after she was forced to retire a set down against Anett Kontaveit at the Sydney Tennis Classic.

In a tight first set, Kontaveit managed to break in the 9th game of the set and then managed to close out the set 6-4.

Jabeur called for the trainer at the conclusion of the first set and after one serve in the second set decided she couldn’t continue. The World No. 10 will now focus on getting herself right for the Australian Open.

Reigning French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova breezed into the semi-finals with 6-0, 6-2 demolition of Frenchwoman Carolina Garcia.

Post-match, Krejcikova was very pleased with her performances so far.

"I was feeling well. I think I was playing solid today. With every single match, I'm getting better and better. I'm happy with that.”

In men’s quarter-final action at the Sydney Tennis Classic, 2021 Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev overcame Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in just under three hours.

Despite winning the tight three-set battle, Karatsev only managed to convert 5/24 break point opportunities.

Big-serving American Riley Opelka will meet Andy Murray in the semi-finals after defeating fellow American Brandon Nakashima 7-6(2), 6-2.

Opelka was dominant on serve, winning 86% of points on his first serve to go with 17 aces.

Murray booked his ticket to the semi-finals after former World No. 7 David Goffin retired after losing the first 6-2. Goffin retired hurt after complaining of pain in his left leg.

Murray looked in great condition despite last night’s marathon three-set match with Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Australian duo Alexei Popyrin and Matt Reid defeated Spaniard’s Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals which will be played later this evening.


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