PLAYER OF THE DAY: Jennifer Brady – the American is into her first grand slam final after holding out giant-killer Karolina Muchova 6-4 3-6 6-4, with the result all the more impressive given she spent two weeks in hard quarantine leading into the Open.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone,” seven-time champion Serena Williams wouldn’t say if her 6-3 6-4 semi-final loss to Naomi Osaka was her Australian Open swan song.
STAT OF THE DAY: Osaka is a perfect three from three in grand slam finals heading into her fourth major final, where the 2019 champion will start hot favourite against Brady on Saturday night.
TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: Brady and Osaka are locked in as the women’s finalists while Williams missed the opportunity to claim a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown. Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev and fifth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas square off on Friday night for a berth in the title decider.