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Thursday order of play and how to watch on TV in the UK

Victoria Azarenka’s pursuit of a third Australian Open title remains on course as she defeated American third seed Jessica Pergula 6-4, 6-1 in the quarter finals.  

The 33-year old will now face Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. The 23-year-old, who is the youngest of the semi-finalists was the first to book her place in the last four. 

Rybakina outmuscled Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 in a one-sided contest on the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday.

In Thursday’s other semi-final match, Magda Linette continued her dream run by upsetting former world No 1 Karoline Pliskova to advance to the semi-finals. 

The 30-year-old will face fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka, the only top-10 seed left in the draw, who earned her place with victory over Donna Vekic. 

The Belarusian might be favourite to advance to her first grand slam final at the expense of Linette but she may have her hands full against the unheralded 30-year-old. 

Australian Open dates 

The tournament started at Melbourne Park on Monday, January 16 and finishes on Sunday, January 29.

How to watch the Australian Open 2023 on TV

In the UK, Eurosport has the broadcasting rights to live action from Melbourne and will show 250 hours of live coverage with Alize Lim, Mats Wilander and Tim Henman leading coverage alongside Barbara Schett and Laura Robson. John McEnroe, will join from New York while Alex Corretja (Spain), Justine Henin (France), Boris Becker (Germany) and Roberta Vinci (Italy) will be part of Eurosport’s localised coverage.

To watch on discovery+, an Entertainment & Sport pass is £6.99/month or £59.99/year. In the US, the tournament is broadcast on ESPN.

Day eleven order of play

(All times local, +11 hours from GMT)

Rod Laver Arena

13:00: Jeremy Chardy (France) & Fabrice Martin (France) v Hugo Nys (Monacan) & Jan Zielinski (Poland), Rinky Hijikata (Australian) & Jason Kubler (Australian) v (8) Marcel Granollers (Spain) & Horacio Zeballos (Argentina)

19:00: 22 Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) v 24 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Magda Linette (Poland) v (5) Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)

When is the Australian Open 2023 final? 

Women’s final

The final will take place on January 28 at 8.30am (GMT) with the final available to watch in the UK via Eurosport.

Alternatively, there is a live stream available to watch on discovery+, with an Entertainment & Sport pass from £6.99/month or £59.99/year. 

Jessica Pegula was the highest ranked women left in the tournament after the surprise exits of Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur.

However, Victoria Azarenka ended the American’s run by winning 6-4, 6-1 and as the only former Australian Open Champion left in the tournament, she has a strong chance of claiming her third title. 

Men’s final

The final will take place on January 29 at 8.30am (GMT) with viewers able to watch via Eurosport in the UK. 

Alternatively, there is a live stream available to watch on discovery+, with an Entertainment & Sport pass from £6.99/month or £59.99/year. 

Novak Djokovic is still very much the favourite and will hope to add a tenth Australian Open title to his resume. The 35-year-old outclassed Russian Andrey Rublev 6-1,6-2,6-4 in the quarter-finals.

The Serbian will now face America’s Tommy Paul in Friday’s semi-final clash. 

No 3 seed Stefanos Tsitipas is the most likely player to trouble Djokovic, as he defeated Jiri Lehecka in straight sets to reach the semi-finals.  

What is the Australian Open prize money?

The Australian Open total prize pool is $76.5 million, up 3.4 per cent on 2022. The singles champions will each take home $2.975 million, so just over £2.47 million.

Who are the defending champions?

Ashleigh Barty beat Danielle Collins to end a 44-year drought for the home nation by winning the 2022 women’s title. Barty retired shortly afterwards.

Rafael Nadal fought back from two sets down to defeat Daniil Medvedev and win his 21st grand slam title. This year, Nadal was eliminated in the second round by Mackenzie McDonald.

What are the best of the latest odds?

Men’s singles:

  • Novak Djokovic 4/11
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas 7/2
  • Karen Khachanov 10/1
  • Andrey Rublev 18/1

Women’s singles:

  • Elena Rybakina 17/10
  • Aryna Sabalenka 21/10
  • Victoria Azarenka 9/1

Odds correct as of January 24

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