2021 Australian Open Semi-Final – Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady on and what time does it start? Thursday 18th February, 2021 – not before 04:15 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady? Click here to reach the official 2021 Australian Open ticket selection

What channel is Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady on? The 2021 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Karolina Muchova vs Jennifer Brady in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

THE LOWDOWN

KAROLINA MUCHOVA

  • 24-year-old Karolina Muchova looked as if she was going to be soundly beaten by Ashleigh Barty but a medical time-out for the Czech saw her return to court to turn the quarter-final around.
  • Muchova is unbeaten so far in 2021 and beat Barty in three sets to reach her first ever Grand Slam semi-final, having made the quarter-finals of Wimbledon back in
  • The world number 27 was the winner in her only previous meeting with Jennifer Brady, taking a second round match via a deciding set at the clay-court Prague Open in 2019.

JENNIFER BRADY

  • World number 24 Jennifer Brady dropped her first set at the Australian Open to fellow American Jessica Pegula but fought back well to comfortably take the next two in their quarter-final.
  • The 25-year-old has reached her second Grand Slam semi-final after a surprise run to the last four of the US Open last season, where she lost to the eventual champion Naomi Osaka in three sets.
  • Brady’s star has been on the rise in a big way since the restart of the tennis season last August, winning her first WTA title at the Top Seed Open in Lexington before her US Open run.

THE PREDICTION

This is a very unlikely semi-final between the 25th seed Karolina Muchova and 22nd seed Jennifer Brady and it looks even at this stage that one of these players will more than likely finish as runner-up to one of Serena Williams or Naomi Osaka. At similar ages and stages of their careers, both Muchova and Brady have been to the latter stages of a Grand Slam before but neither has made a final and the pressure should tell for both players in front of returning Australian Open crowds. Muchova was the winner the last time they faced each other in 2019 on clay but that match took three tough sets and that looks to be the likeliest outcome here. Both players to take a set in this semi-final seems a safe assumption to make but the winner seems almost 50/50. The fact that Brady has lost a semi-final before could either aid or hinder her. At a push, Karolina Muchova has beaten the higher-quality opponents in Melbourne and taking out the first seed on Wednesday should give her the confidence to come through here.

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