WTA Sydney: Eugenie Bouchard reaches semi-finals

On the other hand, Radwanska, the second seed, defeated Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-2 to book her place in the final.

The British men's No3 faces Russian world No48 Andrey Kuznetsov on Friday in Evans's first semi-final for nearly three years.

Strycova overcame the heat and a resilient Caroline Wozniacki to advance to the semifinals, downing the former world number one 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4. Both players will take a lot of momentum into Melbourne, and the final should be a spirited one. Radwanska, the 2013 champion, was too clinical for the 19th-ranked Czech, who was showing the draining effects of the four hours and 22 minutes on court in her Wednesday's singles and doubles matches.

"Sometimes you play people two or three weeks in a row, like Caroline [Wozniacki] and I had past year in Asia, but I'm definitely more happy with this performance than [the one] in Shenzhen", said Radwanska.

On Thursday, Bouchard, who was trying to win three matches in a row for the first time in almost a year, was overwhelmed by Konta's groundstrokes and strong return of serve.

"I think I was doing everything right today, and I can not really complain about anything". "I feel like I'm getting back into the rhythm of things a little bit, but it's a long road".

"I would say thanks to Caro".

This time last season, she fell agonisingly short of a maiden grand slam final at the Australian Open, before going on to finish a stunning year with a ranking inside the top-10. So, you know, I think that's the flawless thing to have.

"This racquet, it's made for me".

The one-time Wimbledon finalist, who has won her past six finals on tour, has impressed in Melbourne throughout her career but has never reached the final.

The quarter-final line-up at the WTA Sydney Open was impressive in spite of the early upsets.

"So that's the difference that I notice".

Evans, meanwhile, is just one match away from a first ATP Tour final after he came from a set down to beat Austrian world No8 Dominic Thiem 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The sixth seed from Luxembourg prevailed over Barton 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 as temperatures nudged 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) to reach the quarterfinals.

  • Stacy Allen