Halep, Kerber handle big hitters in Aussie quarters

Karolina Pliskova will take an aggressive approach into the Australian Open quarter-finals

The 30-year-old who has been unbeaten this season, winning the title in Sydney before heading to Melbourne, now awaits the victor of the match between world no.

"The quick break at the start of the second set helped me", said Pliskova. I show this so many times during my practices.

Fissette does not tend to stay in his posts for long, but he is clearly an excellent analyst. "But I knew this before, actually". "I knew I would have to run and to move quickly against her".

"Wim is a positive guy". Keys won just 43 percent of her first serves, and that was as much a tribute to the return of Kerber as any failure on Keys' part.

The players matched each other with 22 winners apiece but Osaka's 31 unforced errors ultimately proved her downfall against the consistent Halep.

Danish second seed Wozniacki has lost just once from her 10 matches, going down to world No.12 Julia Goerges in the final of the Auckland Open. She has been the most dominant player in the tournament. More importantly, she was thrilled to be fully healthy again (she was plagued by a nagging wrist injury for parts of last year) and felt fit and well-rested after taking off nearly the entire fall.

The scoreline did not tell the whole story, however, as the Romanian was given a real fight early on by the 20-year-old, who is tipped to become the next big thing in women's tennis. It took her a while just to settle down and find herself again - having fun and being focused. If she can continue to hit this freely, she'll play her best tennis and have no regrets.

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But Sharapova, despite the lopsided score, looked fully engaged in the combat from start to finish.

The 30-year-old Kerber won the Sydney International to prepare for the first major of the year, then won her first three rounds at Melbourne Park in straight sets.

In an echo of her loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens in the final of last year's U.S. Open final, Keys appeared to be struck by stagefright and offered none of the power and accuracy that got her to the last eight without losing a set.

"This gives me a lot of confidence to be here and playing my best". "I'm feeling the ball really good", Kerber said.

You (Australians) are very, very relaxed. I mean, Madison is a hard hitter, and she served good.

"The last we played in Paris I think it was very close", Pliskova said of the prospects of meeting Halep for a place in the semi-final. I think I have handled a lot of the bigger situations better, and I just need to keep working on that. "I just have to believe in myself and still have energy left to do great stuff".

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