Li Na, a semi finalist last year, beats Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4. Na has looked in great form throughout the opening week and will play top seed, Caroline Wozniacki, in the next round.
Wozniacki came from behind to beat Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Schiavone, the sixth seed, did well to take the opening set and push Wozniacki all the way but in light of her marathon fourth round match with Svetlana Kuznetsova it came as little surprise when the Dane was able to clinch the match after two and a half hours on court.
With so many people questioning whether Wozniacki is a justifiable world number one, she is yet to win a Grand Slam, this match will have given many fans and pundits reason to openly criticise the WTA Tour and the ranking system. There is no doubts that Wozniacki is a tremendous tennis player but with each struggle to advance in Australia it is also clear that she is not the best in the world at this moment in time.
For Schiavone this match endeared her even more to fans. The Italian, clearly exhausted after finishing her fourth round match, looked physically strong during the opening set. An early break of serve in the second set looked to have given her a telling advantage as she pressured her opponent.
Midway through the second set it started to unravel. A very poor service game saw Wozniacki break serve and suddenly the momentum shifted. Schiavone looked tired and unable to compete. From that moment onwards there was only one winner. Schiavone battled on but Wozniacki did enough to see off the reigning French Open and move into the last four.
In the men’s draw, Roger Federer looks to have put his early round wobbles behind him. The reigning champion had a comfortable win against Stanislas Wawrinka. The pair served up a one sided match, with Federer running out an easy winner. The final score was 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. The world number two now advances to an eighth consecutive Australian Open semi final.
Federer will play Novak Djokovic in the next round. The Serbian was superb in dispatching Tomas Berdych 6-1, 7-6, 6-1. Djokovic, a former Australian Open champion, has been incredible thus far in Melbourne. The third seed has barely broken into sweat in his earlier games. He is sure to have a testing match with Federer but with his confidence sky high Djokovic will be far from easy to beat for the Swiss superstar.