Bia Haddad and Marcelo Melo go to the semifinals in Australia



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Brazilian tennis had another full night in Australia. This Thursday (13), Bia Haddad went through a double round alongside Kazakh Anna Danilina and reached the doubles semifinal at the WTA 500 in Sydney. In the ATP 250 of Adelaide 2, Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig are still packed and also reached the semifinals of the tournament. On the other hand, however, Bruno Soarea and Thiago Monteiro were eliminated.

After being eliminated in the singles bracket in the first round of the main draw, Bia Haddad won the doubles bracket at the WTA 500 in Sydney. At the end of the night of this Wednesday (12), the Brazilian, acting alongside the Kazakh Anna Danilina, beat Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos by 6/4 and 6/2.

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Soon after, for the quarterfinals, Bia Haddad and Anna Danilina faced the duo formed by the Russians Ekaterina Alexandrova, currently number 40 in the world doubles ranking, and Natela Dzalamidze and achieved another great victory, this time in a comeback, by 5/ 7, 7/5 and 10-8.

The next opponents will then be the Japanese Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara, seeded two in the tournament. In addition, with the result, Bia also extends her preparation for the Australian Open, which starts next Monday (17). She debuts in the first Grand Slam of the season against a player from the qualifiers.

Finally, still in Sydney, at the ATP 250 in the city, Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray didn’t. In the pair’s first match of the season, the tournament’s top five seeds were eliminated by Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, who triumphed 7/6 (7-3), 4/6 and 10-6.

Marcelo Melo seeks another title

Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig continue to have a great start to the season. Seeds two of the ATP 250 of Adelaide 2, they beat the seeds of seven, the Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and the Argentine Andres Molteni, in a comeback, with partials of 3/6, 6/4 and 10-8.

Thus, Marcelo Melo and Dodig will play a semifinal for the second week in a row after the runner-up in the previous one. The next opponents in the fight for a place in the final will be the three seeds, the Dutch Wesley Koolhoff and the British Neal Skupski.

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“A very tight game today, against a duo that has been playing very well. We had played against them in Stockholm last year, we ended up losing. So we knew the game was going to be difficult. They started better. We took advantage of a breakout chance we had, in the second set, and then we were superior in the match tie-break, where we took advantage. This victory was important today. Now, one more game tomorrow (Friday) and we continue at this pace, game by game. It’s been very good and very important for us”, pointed out Marcelo.

Finally, in the singles bracket, Thiago Monteiro failed. After advancing through the withdrawal of Gael Monfils, the Brazilian faced Frenchman Couretin Moutet in the quarterfinals. But ended up defeated in straight sets, by double 6/4. So the Brazilian goes to the dispute of the Australian Open, in which he will debut against the French Benoit Paire.

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