Australian Open Final Four: Muguruza v Halep & Barty v Kenin

The final are set, on Thursday afternoon in Melbourne four will become two and we will have our finalists but first we have a couple of semi-finals to come through.

The four semi-finalists all have a couple of things in common. All four of them came through their quarter finals in straight sets:

Simona Halep 6-1 6-1 Anett Kontaveit
Garbine Muguruza 7-6 6-3 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Ash Barty 7-6 6-2 Petra Kvitova
Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-4 Ons Jabeur

All of whom have never won The Australian Open title so a new champion will be crowned on Saturday.

Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza are the unlucky two of the four semi-finalists as because women’s final is played on the second from last day they do not get the same privilege as the others and will not get that day off between matches.

Ash Barty v Sofia Kenin

Nerves haven’t played much of a part yet for Ash Barty but you’d understand if they snuck in a little as the tournament reaches it’s final stages.

I was surprised but pleased with the ease especially in the second set in her win against Petra Kvitova really making a bold statement at her home slam. The level of composure and control she showed throughout was fantastic and we really saw the full armory she has to offer.

Sofia Kenin I don’t think does nerves. The American takes each challenge as it comes. I love her game. She opens up the court with the forehand isn’t afraid to use that backhand as a progressive tool to move up the court.

On the court she brings a no nonsense approach and just bounces around the court with her enthusiasm and it’s great to watch her in this mood.

The head to head is led by Ash Barty at 4-1 with all five meetings coming since the beginning of 2018. Ash had to get past Kenin at Roland Garros to win there last year but their last meeting was in Wuhan and this went the way of the in form American.

Simona Halep v Garbine Muguruza

I’m so pleased for both ladies to be at this stage of the competition.

Simona Halep has gone from strength to strength as the tournament has progressed. It has been super good to watch.

I remember when she left Adelaide I was a bit concerned over her preparations but she said she will take it match by match and look at what to learn from in each round, she has done that!

Garbine, likewise! I couldn’t be happier for the Spaniard! We know she has it there, she is a former two time Grand Slam champion and former number one. Her tennis has been inspiring. I think the change up in her team has helped her soo much.

She looks more focused and on track to what she is trying to achieve.

What she has to look at trying to avoid against Simona Halep is finding herself behind the baseline. Simona has bullied players throughout the tournament once she gets the bit between her teeth and looks unstoppable.

Muguruza however has had the answer before. The Spaniard leads the head to head at 4-2 with one win being a walk-over. Garbine did win their last meeting on a hard court in albeit in 2017 6-1 6-0 in the final of Cincinnati but Halep did win 6-1 6-4 at Roland Garros on her way to winning the title there…

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