Edmund has used his to make himself comfortable during the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time.
After a 14-month break for the birth of her first child, Serena Williams will return to tournament play at the BNP Paribas Open at California’s Indian Wells Tennis Garden in March.
He will meet British surprise packet Kyle Edmund after he upset No.3 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4.
“I’m proud I managed to stay cool and finish it off in the third set”, she said.
“They definitely left some scars on his body and I can feel that too”.
Two days earlier the world No. 6’s quarterfinal opponent – 16-time grand slam victor Rafael Nadal – had to retire in the fifth set after picking up a leg injury. His best tennis is obviously still to come.
No 6-seeded Cilic advanced to his first semifinal in Australia since 2010 with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0, retired. This lose came against the one-and-only Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2016.
But the 23-year-old is trying to shut out all the buzz and focus on extending his awesome run in Melbourne. “I played a great tournament so far with my level of tennis”. And he has, I think, matured, I think, playing really, really good tennis, entertaining to watch. ‘Congratulations to him, I have to keep on with my game as he has a great serve and forehand, I have to deal with my side of the court’.
The Croat said he wasn’t fussed who he played for the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup.
As Edmund continued to improve, Murray eventually suggested it might be time for him to branch out on his own. “Tomorrow we’re going to communicate what’s going on after a MRI scan”, he said. But Edmund also had never beaten Dimitrov (0-2) before their quarter-final on Tuesday.
“When there are more injuries than usual, it’s because something’s happening”, the world No.1 said after he and his team arrived at the airport serving Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. “Just try to take it in my stride as best as I can”.
The world number one looked to be on his way to yet another grand slam semi-final when he moved two sets to one in front but he called for the trainer after going a break down in the fourth set.
Not since John Lloyd in 1977 has anyone but Murray achieved the feat.
Svitolina blamed a hip injury for her shock ousting as she again failed to get to the last-four of a Grand Slam on her 22nd attempt. He became the first Croatian player – man or woman – to reach multiple semi-finals at two different Grand Slams.