Poland’s Magda Lynette opened after reaching her first Grand Slam semi-final.
Lynette explained that she took each loss on tour as a personal setback and that it was hard on her.
However, Lynette feels she has somewhat overcome those obstacles in her current run.
Lynette has knocked out the best players on her way to the Australian Open semi-finals and is playing some of the best tennis of her career.
After the game, an emotional Lynette shared a message she hopes will help others through life’s mental challenges.
“It’s so emotional, I really can’t believe it,” Lynette said after the game.
“It is indeed a dream come true. Nevertheless, we will continue.
“I don’t want to get too excited because I’m still in the race, but I’m very grateful and happy.
“My whole life I’ve been making mistakes and losses personally, so doing those two things, Magda the tennis player and Magda the person, was really hard because I felt like the mistakes defined me a lot, so my coaches and I did it. Great job.”
“I thank them very much because they had to put up with a lot of rubbish!”
Lynette faced the No. 30 seed in the form of Karolina Pliskova in the last eight, but it was the pole that proved more on court.
She was playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, Pliskova’s 11th career appearance at this level.
Pliskova grabs a break point but a flurry of errors from the Czech in the next game sees Linnett immediately level the match.
Lynette was soon able to grab the momentum on the break, winning the first set 4-2.
Although she had to save a break point while serving for the opening set, Lynette was able to dig deep and get the job done.
In the second set, it was Lynette who was piling on the pressure by bombarding deep and heavy groundstrokes.
Pliskova had to come back twice to hold serve as the set headed to matcha, but the seed’s service game fell apart.
A combination of double faults and unforced errors gave Lynette the break she needed, winning the match 6-3, 7-5 on her own to set her up for a semi-final clash with Aryna Sabalenka.
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