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Wrist wrecks Sebastian Korda, Russian Karen Khachanov to AO semis

Jan 22, 2023; Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia; Sebastian Korda from the United States during his fourth round match against Hubert Hurkacz from Poland on day seven of the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports

American Sebastian Korda stopped play with a right wrist injury while trailing 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-0 on Tuesday, sending Russian Karen Khachanov to the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne.

“I kind of felt that spot that I was feeling before,” Korda said, referring to his taped wrist that became a known issue earlier this month at Adelaide.

“Some forehands, I couldn’t even hold the racket. Volleying was almost impossible for me. So it was a little tough.”

Korda, whose father Petr was the 1998 Australian Open champion, put up a fight to make it to the quarterfinals. He ousted two-time Australian Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev of Russia and No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in a five-set nailbiter in the fourth round.

The 18th-seeded Khachanov and No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas meet Thursday for a spot in the men’s final. Tsitsipas was a 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-4 winner over Jiri Lehecka of the Czech Republic. The 24-year-old from Greece is in the Australian Open semifinals for the fourth time.

“I’m feeling great with my tennis,” said Tsitsipas, who was a finalist at the 2021 French Open.

“It felt different this time from any other match, but the most important thing was that I found a solution. It was a very difficult three-setter, one of the most difficult ones that I’ve had so far in the competition. I think Jiri had a very good tournament. He’s someone who has started playing well recently and I wish him the very best for the future.”

–Field Level Media