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Konta continues rise with semifinal run

Johanna Konta

This is not the first time we should ever expect to see Johanna Konta. The 26-year-old Brit has earned wins in his career over Ekaterina Makarova, Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Victoria Azarenka and Andrea Petkovic. The 2016 Australian Open has just been her stage to show the world she is ready to be recognized as a serious threat every time she steps out on the court. Konta had little trouble beating another surprising Zhang Shaui, who herself was a surprise to be in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Konta beat her in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1to become the first British woman to get to the Aussie semifinals since Kerry Reid in 1977.

Her cross-court back-handed could not be stopped as she precisely placed it in the tight corner of the court every time. Konta hit 28 winners in the match, scoring off 79-percent of her first serves. She also hit seven aces. Shuai made a great run in the tournament, earning her first major victory with a major upset of No. 2 Halep, and earned three more wins, including one over No. 15 Madison Keys, but her luck ran out against a much more precise challenger.

Kerber finally beats Azarenka, moves into semifinals

Angelique Kerber

Calling it lucky number seven wouldn’t give her victory the credit she deserves but after losing her first six matches to her, Angelique Kerber finally earned a victory over former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in straight-sets and earned a spot in her first-ever Australian Open semifinals.

Kerber got out to a hot start and easily took the first set but after a poor start to the second set she got back in her groove and finished for the 6-3, 7-5 victory. Kerber at one point trailed Azarenka 5-2 in the second set.

Kerber hit 31 winner and went 6-for-13 on break point conversations in the win. She also simply stopped committing errors in her second-set comeback. She only committed 16 in the entire match. Azarenka committed 33.

Murray beats Ferrer in grueling marathon

Andy Murray

The match was filled with long rallies and at the end both guys looked exhausted but it was Andy Murray who earned the convincing four-set win over David Ferrer 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals for a sixth time in seven years.

The match started with the roof open. The wind was swirling and Ferrer, who most definitely prefers to play outside, was doing a great job returning no matter where the ball was placed by Murray, but an incoming storm cell forced officials to call for the roof to close and the Spaniard fell apart.

Murray admitted after the match that he grew up playing Indoors in Scotland and the closed roof helped him. Prior to the roof being closed he was leading the third set 3-1, but had a much easier time in his three hours, 20 minute match after it was shut.

Murray hit 49 winners in the match and overcame 64 unforced errors and eight double faults with1 1 aces and a 6-for-13 break point conversion. He also won 76-percent of his first serves and was incredible when going to the net, going 31-for-38 in his approaches.

Roanic moves to semifinals with win over Monfils

Milos Roanic

Milos Roanic continues to write Canadian tennis history as he earned a spot in his second career Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Roanic, who became the first Canadian man to reach the quarterfinals in all four Majors, became the first Canadian to make it to the semifinals in Australia. He joins women’s star Eugenie Bouchard as just the second man or woman to make it to the semifinals in Melbourne.

Monfils out-aced Roanic 14-10 in the match that lasted just over two outs, Monfils also only committed 17 unforced errors while Roanic had 36. But the Canadian hit 47 winners and was incredible at the net, going there 46 times and hitting 31 of them. Monfils stuck to the back line but his typical range and athleticism was neutralized by the quick responses.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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