Australian Open 2023 LIVE updates: Magda Linette takes on Aryna Sabalenka; Elena Ryabinka faces Victoria Azarenka as women’s semi-finals begin; Djokovic’s dad embroiled in Russian flag picture

Key posts

  • ‘Long live the Russians’: Djokovic’s dad filmed alongside fans with banned flags
  • Grand Slam Daily – semi-finals locked in

A screenshot from the video in which Srdjan Djokovic can be heard saying “long live the Russians” in Serbian.

Russian flags and other items are items bearing the Russian or Belarusian insignias are banned items at Melbourne Park after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

As the senior Djokovic walks off, another person can be heard in the video saying in Serbian: “Long live Russia”. The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald have had the comments translated to English.

Click here to read the story.

Grand Slam Daily – semi-finals locked in

Neroli Meadows and Wally Masur breakdown the brilliance of Djokovic and the rise of American tennis. Plus, a full preview of the heavyweight showdown between Azarenka and Rybakina – Two Time AO Champion v the current Wimbledon Champion.

Good evening

G’day everyone. It’s Roy Ward here and I’ll be tapping the keys for our Australian Open live blog tonight as we enter women’s semi-final night at Rod Laver Arena.

The two matches begin from 7.30pm AEDT as Elena Rybakina takes on Victoria Azarenka followed by Aryna Sabelenka facing Magda Linette.

We will also have the latest on the flag controversy involving Novak Djokovic’s dad and some great news from the men’s doubles semi-finals.

Please feel free to leave a comment on the blog at anytime and enjoy the night to come.

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