Magda Linette and Aryna Sabalenka will battle it out for a spot in the Australian Open final at Rod Laver Arena after the match between Elena Rybakina and Victoria Azarenka kicks off at 7:30pm AEDT.
The unranked Polish player – who is currently ranked 45th in the world – was the surprise of the tournament and reached the last four for the first time in her career.
Linette beat four seeded players, including France’s fourth seed Caroline Garcia in her run to the semis.
Her opponent, Sabalenka, will not be easy to beat as she is poised to win her first Grand Slam trophy.
The 23-year-old hasn’t dropped a set in five matches so far and hopes to continue that trend until Saturday’s final.
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Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka Odds
|Earn||United States (BetMGM)||United Kingdom (Skybet)||Australia (sports betting)|
|Propagate||United States (BetMGM)||United Kingdom (Skybet)||Australia (sports betting)|
|Magda Linette (+5.5 games)||1.76|
|Aryna Sabalenka (-5.5 games)||2.02|
Magda Linette vs. Aryna Sabalenka form and betting trends
Linette has never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam.
The 30-year-old’s recent form suggests she is playing career-best tennis, dropping just one set against Anett Kontaveit in the second round.
She’s beaten Karolina Pliskova, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Garcia so far, with another big scalp in mind.
Linette’s emergence in the bottom four would surprise most, but her recent tournaments would suggest otherwise.
The Pole made the ITF Tampico final in Mexico, made the Korea Open quarter-final as well as the Maharashtra Open final in September last year.
Linette’s second half of 2022 had built a strong foundation for her to get going and challenge for the Grand Slam title.
However, she should overtake Sabalenka, who is also in search of her first major trophy.
The 23-year-old – who is the highest remaining seed – should go all the way given her recent run.
By defeating Belinda Bencic (12th seed) and Elise Mertens (26th seed), Sabalenka culminates at the right time of the tournament.
The Belarusian recently won the Adelaide International 1 trophy, made the final of the WTA Finals and was a semi-finalist at the 2022 US Open.
Sabalenka’s time seems to be now but still needs to win two more matches to be crowned Grand Slam champion.
Magda Linette – Aryna Sabalenka Head-to-Head Results
Linette and Sabalenka have faced each other twice in their career, once in 2018 and then in 2021.
|2021||Aryna Sabalenka||6-2 6-1||Olympic Games – Tokyo||R1|
|2018||Aryna Sabalenka||6-1 6-3||Tianjin Open||R2|
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Magda Linette against Aryna Sabalenka – Official Clip
Sabalenka is ready to win a Grand Slam.
With the top four seeds knocked out, the 23-year-old has become the Australian Open favorite and rightly so.
The Belarusian has rarely made a mistake in the past nine days and her results reflect that.
Sabalenka dominated from the start and it would be hard not to come back for the championship, let alone the semi-final.
Linette will fight, but the class and composure of the 2022 US Open semi-finalist suggests she has an advantage and will be tough to beat.
Prediction: Sabalenka in two sets.
What time is Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka?
Timings are approximate – subject to weather conditions and the end of the previous match between Elena Rybakina and Victoria Azarenka.
|Date||Thursday January 25||Thursday January 25||Thursday January 25||Thursday January 25|
|Time||Around. 10.30am BST||Around. 5:30 a.m. ET||Around. 5:30 a.m. ET||Around. 9:30 p.m. AED|
How to watch Magda Linette vs. Aryna Sabalenka in the Australian Open semifinals
|TV channel||Eurosport 1 or 2||ESPN/ESPN2||TSN1/TSN5||Channel 9|
|Streaming||eurosport.fr||ESPN+ and fuboTV||TSN+||9Now/Stan Sport|
Australia: The New network is the free-to-air broadcaster of the Australian Open 2023.
The Australian Open can also be watched on SmartTV’s 9Now and Stan Sport as well as 9Gem.
Fans can also stream the Australian Open through 9Now and Stan Sport.
UK: Coverage of the Australian Open 2023 will be shown in the UK live and exclusively on Eurosport.
Eurosport 1 and 2 will provide daily coverage of the action in Melbourne.
UK fans can also stream the Australian Open via the Discovery+ app, the Eurosport app or via eurosport.co.uk
UNITED STATES: US-based tennis fans will be able to watch this year’s Australian Open via ESPN. Matches will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.
Both ESPN+ and fuboTV will offer live streaming during the Australian Open 2023. FuboTV offers a free trial.
Canada: The Australian Open 2023 will be broadcast in Canada by TSN.
Games will be broadcast on TSN1 or TSN5.
Canadian fans can stream the action live from Melbourne Park on TSN+.
The full TSN+ broadcast schedule can be accessed here.