(Australian Associated Press)
SNAPSHOT FROM DAY 10 AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Hyeon Chung – the 21-year-old is the first Korean to reach a grand slam semi-final after continuing his spectacular run with a 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 defeat of unseeded American Tennys Sandgren.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas. You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonising by way of the collective. With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds. To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be. You would rather perpetuate propaganda machines instead of researching information.” – Sandgren hits back at the world’s tennis media after believing he’d been savaged for his controversial political views on social media.
STAT OF THE DAY: The men’s event will feature two unseeded semi-finalists for the first time since 1999 after Chung joined British surprise packet Kyle Edmund, who faces Marin Cilic on Thursday for a spot in the title match.
TURNING POINT: After falling behind 3-0 in the opening set, world No.1 Simona Halep reeled off nine-straight games to take command in her 6-3 6-2 quarter-final rout of Czech sixth seed Carolina Pliskova.
TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: Halep’s victory set up a heavyweight semi-final against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber after the resurgent German extended her summer winning streak with an equally impressive 6-1 6-2 win over 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys.