Australian Open 2013 Semi Finals Order of Play

Victoria AzarenkaThree of the four 2013 Australian Open singles semi finals are scheduled for Day 11 with both of the defending champions, whom are also the current World No.1′s – looking to claim their place in the title match. In this post OnCourt Advantage lists the order of play for the eleventh day of main draw singles matches (see below) to make it easier for you to know who plays whom and when.

On Day 11 only one men’s semi final will be played, the top half of the men’s draw: World No.1 Novak Djokovic who is gunning for a third straight Australian Open singles title versus the most prolific singles title winner of all the men in 2012, No.4 seed David Ferrer. Therefore, the winner of this men’s semi final will have an extra day of rest and to prepare for Sunday’s Men’s Singles Final than their opponent in the final. Is that an advantage or a disadvantage?

Both women’s semi finals will be played on Day 11, which means both finalists will have one day to rest and prepare for Saturday’s Women’s Singles Final. The bottom half of the draw’s semi final is being played first, which means the ORDER of the bottom half being played first then the top half of the draw being played the next day has been preserved.

Pictured above is the women’s singles defending champion Victoria AZARENKA beautifully positioned at the contact point between the ball and the racquet for this forehand groundstroke. If the World No.1 could manoeuvre her feet and body into this position far more often her forehands would no longer be her main source of unforced errors.

Azarenka is up against the quarter final conqueror of 15-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams i.e. Sloane Stephens. No.6 seed and 2011 Australian Open runner-up Li Na who won the 2011 Roland Garros singles title takes on 4-time Grand Slam singles champion and No.2 seed Maria Sharapova.

The letters in brackets after each player’s name is the prefix for the country that player represents. WTA denotes women’s matches and ATP denotes men’s matches.

Thursday 24 January 2013:
ROD LAVER ARENA at 11:00 AM 
Singles – Semifinals
Not Before:1:30 PM
Li Na (CHN) [6] v Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2] – WTA
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1] v Sloane Stephens (USA) [29] – WTA
7:30 PM
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v David Ferrer (ESP) [4]

photo credit: mbevis

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