Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Williams and Wozniacki to headline semi-final action

Serena Williams will headline Super Saturday at the 2020 ASB Classic as the semi-finalists take the court.

Williams swept past her tricky German opponent Laura Siegemund 6-4 6-3 this afternoon.

Both Williams and Siegemund held serve confidently in the first set - but it was the German who blinked first as Williams stepped up her level breaking her opponent to take the first set in blustery conditions. Williams championship mettle kicked in as she recovered from a 3-1 deficit to move into the semi-finals.

The former world No. 1 who owns 72 WTA singles titles and 23 doubles titles has been a hit with packed out crowds this week in Auckland. Her doubles combo with close friend Caroline Wozniacki is proving a must-see for tennis fans and the duo will take to the court tonight against Belgians Kirsten Flipkens and Alison Van Uytvanck for a place in the doubles final on Sunday.

Wozniacki joins Williams as a semi-finalist after knocking out two time defending champion Julia Goerges 6-1 6-4. Wozniacki was untroubled in the first set and continued her dominance in the second to inch closer to the final showdown.

Wozniacki will now meet Jessica Pegula to open semi-final action on centre court tomorrow.

Earlier in the day Jessica Pegula of the USA was the first player through to the semi-finals after Frenchwoman Alize Cornet retired with a thigh injury at 6-0 3-2 down.

The 25-year old won her first WTA title in Washington in 2019 and reached a career high rank of 55.

Pegula will face one of best players in the world in the last decade in Wozniacki who spent 71 weeks in the top spot and won 30 singles titles including the 2018 Australian Open.

Serena Williams will take on the winner of the tonight’s match between third seeded American Amanda Anisimova and wild card Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.

To close out action on Super Saturday, the young teen phenom Coco Gauff and her partner Catherine McNally will take the court. The team dubbed McCoco have impressed with their doubles skills and variety - despite only being a combined age of 33 years old. The pair already hold 2 WTA doubles titles and will take on fellow Americans Taylor Townsend and Asia Muhammed for the chance to add a third title to their trophy cabinet.

In further news, Daniil Medvedev has advised organisers that he will need to withdraw for next week’s Men’s ASB Classic. Fabio Fognini will become the top seed with Denis Shapovalov, coming off a great week at ATP Cup will become second seed.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

Floorball: NZ To Host World Cup Of Floorball In 2022

In a major coup for a minnow nation in the European-dominated sport of floorball, New Zealand has won the rights to host one of the sport’s marque international events. More>>

National Voyage Continues: Tuia 250 Ends

Tuia 250 has unleashed an unstoppable desire to keep moving forward and continue the kōrero about who we are, say the co-chairs of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee, Dame Jenny Shipley and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. More>>


Te Papa: New Chief Executive From Its Own Staff

Courtney Johnston has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Te Papa. Ms Johnston will take up the role in December 2019. Since its founding, Te Papa has had a dual leadership model, and as Tumu Whakarae|Chief Executive, Johnston will share the leadership with Kaihautū Dr Arapata Hakiwai. More>>


Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>





  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland