Australian Open 2018, Day 11: Marin Cilic, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep book final spots

Australian Open Day 11: Marin Cilic, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep registered wins on Thursday to book their spots in the final.

marin cilic Australian Open: Marin Cilic beat Kyle Edmund to enter final. (Source: Reuters)

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki defeats 37th ranked Elise Mertens, who is on her Melbourne debut, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in an impressive fashion in the first match on Day 11 of Australian Open in the women singles semifinals on Thursday. With the win, Wozniacki made it to her first Australian Open final. World No. 1 Simona Halep defeats Angelique Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 in an intense match to reach her maiden final, where she will face Wozniacki in a battle of the top two seeds. The final will be a fight for the first Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking will be on the line. In the men’s singles, Marin Cilic booked the spot in the final after beating Kyle Edmund in straight sets. The sixth seed, who benefited in the quarterfinals from Rafa Nadal’s injury retirement, ended Edmund’s dream run 6-2, 7-6, 6-2. Here are the key updates from Rod Laver Arena:

Australian Open Day 11:

  1. 4:36PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Marin beats Edmund 6-2, 7-6, 6-2

    Marin puts an end to Kyle Edmund's dream run as he loses the semifinal to the Croat 6-2, 7-6, 6-2. With the wiin, Marin not only reached his first Aus Open final but also third Grand Slam final. Cilic becomes the first player from Croatia to reach the final in Melbourne.

  2. 4:11PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Cilic racing towards maiden Australian Open final

    With 90% of first serve points won, Cilic only 3 holds away. The Croat holds his serve 3-1 in the third set.

  3. 3:48PM
    25 Jan, 18

    The second set goes into the tie-break

  4. 3:34PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Edmund wants point to be replayed

    Edmund looks super angry after Cilic's serve gets called out but overturned by Hawk-Eye in the fifth game of the second set. Edmund argues with the referee that the point should be replayed but does not win the argument. An angry Edmund, however, wins the next two points.

  5. 3:00PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Cilic takes 2-1 lead in second set

    What a shot! Edmund gives a tough fightback but Cilic takes the game. The Croat leads by 2-1 in the second set.

  6. 2:46PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Marin Cilic takes first set 6-2

    Marin Cilic means business. He is off to a confident start as he beats Edmund 6-2 in the opening set

  7. 2:39PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Edmund gets in his element

    Edmund gets in his element, finds his groove and gets the opening set kicking. He makes up for the points lost initially by making it 2-4.

  8. 2:28PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Cilic leads opening set 2-1

    Cilic takes the lead in the opening set. Both the men are looking for their first Australian Open final.

  9. 2:00PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Marin Cilic vs Kyle Edmund

    Next up is the semifinal clash between Marin Cilic and Kyle Edmund. The two have met just once on a previous occasion, with Cilic emerging victorious  6-3 7-6(5) in Shanghai last year

  10. 1:30PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Simona Halep beats Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 to reach final

    What an exciting, intense match! An epic battle prevailed between the two that ended in a thrilling win for Halep, who will enter her maiden Australian Open final. The World No. 1 will face Wozniacki in meeting of the top two seeds in the final, a first Grand Slam title AND the No. 1 ranking will be on the line.

  11. 1:11PM
    25 Jan, 18
    What an intense match

    What a crazy match! Both Kerber and Halep are in an exhausting encounter, fighting it out at 8-7 in the 3rd set. And to have this level of tennis despite such an intense match!

  12. 12:57PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Halep 6-6 Kerber

    What a rally! Halep met every difficult shot of Kerber with a powerful shot. This is called fighting for each point. The match is level at 6-6.

  13. 12:50PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Fighting Kerber

    The German will not accept defeat without giving a fight. Or maybe she won't accept defeat at all. Kerber takes 6-5 lead against World No. 1 Halep

  14. 12:48PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Kerber takes crucial game

    Kerber will not let it go so easily. She gets another game to make it level on games at 5-5 in the deciding set.

  15. 12:42PM
    25 Jan, 18

    Halep is one point away from reaching Australian Open final.

  16. 12:32PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Extraordinary tennis on display

    Some extraordinary tennis is on display at the Rod Layer Arena. It is 3-3 in the third set. It could swing in any direction now. Both need to be careful of errors after this.

  17. 12:06PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Kerber wins second set 6-4

    What a comeback from Kerber as she pushes the match against Halep into the deciding set. The German won five of the last six games to keep Halep in pressure

  18. 11:35AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Halep getting close to booking final spot

    Halep is now three games away from entering the Australian Open final. The World No. 1 has taken a 3-1 lead in the second set.

  19. 11:18AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Halep wins first set 6-3

    Halep takes the first set 6-3 in 25 minutes. Even though Kerber tried to make a comeback but the initial lead that the Romanian took proved costly for Kerber.

  20. 11:12AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Kerber tries a comeback

    Kerber tries to get back in the set and makes it 2-5. Something has clicked with the German suddenly. Will she continue to dismantle Halep's initial attack?

  21. 11:04AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Halep in attack mode

    Halep has begun the first set by a storm as she leads Kerber by 4-0.  Too many errors by Kerber. The German needs to get in her element and make a comeback if she wants to make it to the final

  22. 10:56AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber

    This one is going to be a good match! Kerber faces Halep, who must win if she does not want to let go of her World No. 1 tag which will otherwise go to Wozniacki.And they’re ready to go!(Featuring special guest @HyeonChung) #AusOpen— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 25 January 2018

  23. 10:53AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber

    This one is expected to be a good encounter. Probably the best two counterparts in the game, Kerber faces World No. 1 Halep

  24. 10:35AM
    25 Jan, 18

    Wozniacki enters her first Australian Open Final after beating Elise Mertens in an impressive fashion 6-3, 7-6 (2)  in an hour and 40 minutes. What a performance, what a match!

  25. 10:22AM
    25 Jan, 18

    What an intense match taking place in Rod Laver Arena. The match goes into tie-break. Wozniacki trying her best to end the match with this set as she holds a 14-points game in 8 minutes.

  26. 10:04AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Mertens 4-5 Wozniacki

    The Belgian must be given some credit here for her fightback. This is her only chance of stopping Wozniacki from ending the match. She needs to push the match into the third set.

  27. 10:00AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Wozniacki a game away from entering Aus Open final

    This is Wozniacki's chance to take over as World No. 1. She is just a game away from entering her maiden Australian Open final. 

  28. 9:30AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Wozniacki wins first set 6-3

    World No. 2 Wozniacki wins the opening set 6-3 in 38 minutes against a nervous Mertens, who is showing nerves. This is the first set Mertens has dropped in the tournament.

  29. 9:04AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Caroline Wozniacki vs Elise Mertens

    This is Mertens' first Grand Slam semifinal ever and she faces the challenge of a confident Wozniacki who looks settled from the beginning. The World No. 2 leads 2-0 in the first set.

  30. 8:57AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Aus Open Day 11 Live

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