Magda Linette is happy with her amazing performance
Magda Linette recognized that making it to the semifinals of a Grand Slam at the age of 30 was “very fulfilling” for all of her work and effort, even though she was unable to proceed to the Australian Open final. Linette’s incredible Australian Open run came to an end on Thursday as she was defeated by Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals, 7-6 (1), 6-2.
Prior to the Australian Open, Linette had never progressed past the third round of a Grand Slam. “I still don’t know how I’ll ever be able to comprehend what just happened in a week or two. However, despite all of our work, sacrifice, years on the road, and Grand Slam wins, it has been very rewarding.
It was my thirty-first try. I really needed more than a few tries, so it’s incredibly satisfying,” Linette remarked, according to the Australian Open website.
Linette regrets not converting on her opportunities to beat Sabalenka.
In the very first game of the match, Linette broke Sabalenka to love.
Unfortunately for Linette, Sabalenka broke back in the fourth game, and the set finally went into a tie-break. As a result, Linette was unable to maintain her serve for the remainder of the set. The Belarusian broke the Pole twice in the second set to complete a two-set victory after Sabalenka dominated the tie-break in the first set. This caused Linette’s game to crumble.
“It’s difficult when you believe that you had a slight advantage in the first set. Of course, that doesn’t guarantee I’d prevail. It’s always wonderful if you can lead and still win a set with one break. I’m going to give it some thought, for sure, but
She played beautifully. I thought the difficulty in this game was very high. I’m simply delighted that I was able to keep playing tennis at the same level for so long and come out tonight on such an important occasion.
To go to the Australian Open semifinal, Linette defeated a number of well-known athletes, including Caroline Garcia, Karolina Pliskova, and Anett Kontaveit.