“It’s really dream come true,” Magda Linette turns emotional after sealing her maiden Grand Slam semifinal spot following her victory over Karolina Pliskova in Australian Open

The Polish 30-year-old says 'it's a dream come true' after making it to her first semifinal of a Grand Slam event after defeating Karolina Pliskova.


“It’s really dream come true,” Magda Linette turns emotional after sealing her maiden Grand Slam semifinal spot following her victory over Karolina Pliskova in Australian Open

Magda Linette, Karolina Pliskova

Polish tennis player Magda Linette is living her fairytale run at the 2023 Australian Open. The 30-year-old made it to the semifinals after upsetting former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 to reach the first major semifinal of her career. Before this, her career-best stat amounted to multiple third-round appearances in various events. 

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Linette, who had lost seven of nine previous matches against Pliskova took less than 90 minutes to upset her Czech opponent. In the 30th main draw of her career, Linette is keeping the Polish flag high after the exit of World No.1 Iga Swiatek. She became the third Polish woman in the Open Era to make the Australian Open semifinals with this victory under her belt. 

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Before the start of the match, Pliskova was the heavy favorite to win the match given her dominance in their head-to-head statistics. However, it seems the unseeded Linette has different plans to halt Pliskova’s run in Melbourne. Linette was broken in the first game of the match but that was her only loss of serve all day. She did not need to sweat out for the rest of the first set, and in the second set despite some resistance from Pliskova, Linette eventually sealed her fate with a thrilling victory that left the audience wanting for more. 

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Magda Linette’s ‘dream come true’ moment

Magda Linette (Image: Eurosport)

The Pole was very happy with her performance but in a bit of disbelief too. Earlier, Linette defeated Anett Kontaveit, Ekaterina Alexandrova, and WTA Finals champion Caroline Garcia in successive rounds. Thus Pliskova was her fourth consecutive seeded victim.  

“It’s so much and I can’t really believe it,” Linette said after the match. “It’s really dreams come true. We keep going, though, I don’t want to get too excited because we’re still in the tournament, but I’m super grateful and happy,” she continued. 

Emphasizing how important this win was for her she said emotionally, “I will never forget this, I’m breaking through some really difficult things for me. This will stay with me for life. So I’m really grateful.” Pliskova will lock horns with the quarterfinal winner between Aryna Sabalenka and Donna Vekic on Thursday at Rod Laver Arena. 

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