AO Gallery: And Then There Were Four
New faces like Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep and frequent Grand Slam quarterfinal competitors Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska were among those battling for semifinal spots.
Published January 22, 2014 12:10
Li Na opened up Australian Open quarterfinal play on Tuesday with a clash against Flavia Pennetta.
Pennetta had her second straight deep run at a major, having reached the semis of the 2013 US Open.
Li's last four matches against Pennetta have occurred in Australia, and she won the latest, 62 62.
In her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard took on Ana Ivanovic.
Ivanovic had her moments in her first quarterfinal in Melbourne since her run to the final in 2008.
An ecstatic Bouchard after her victory made her the Australian Open's first Canadian semifinalist.
Bouchard with a toy wombat that was thrown to her from the crowd after her 57 75 62 triumph.
Dominika Cibulkova took on Simona Halep in Wednesday's first quarterfinal match.
Contesting her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, Halep was no match for Cibulkova on this day.
Cibulkova's 63 60 rout put her into her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2009 French Open.
Cibulkova rejoiced after getting within a win of becoming Slovakia's first Grand Slam finalist.
In the last quarterfinal, Agnieszka Radwanska's retrieval skills were on full display.
Victoria Azarenka was looking to extend her Australian Open winning streak to 19 matches.
A thrilled Radwanska after a spectacular third set clinched a 61 57 60 win for her.
Radwanska and Azarenka had a warm exchange after the Pole snapped a seven-match skid in the series.