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The end of the 2023 Australian Open is approaching with the men's semifinals underway and the women's final stage officially set. This competition has already seen it all, from weather delays, late-night battles and shocking upsets. Players are competing for a record pool of $76.5 million in prize money, and there is no shortage of interesting storylines:

  • Novak Djokovic, who has won at Melbourne Park a record nine times, is just one Grand Slam title shy of tying Rafael Nadal's career record of 22 major titles. Djokovic was deported from Australia a year ago because of his unvaccinated COVID-19 status, but he is back in Melbourne after the country relaxed its vaccine restrictions. He crushed the quarterfinal round with a straight-set victory over Andrey Rublev. His next opponent is unseeded American Tommy Paul.
  • Paul reached the first major semifinal of his career and has become just the fourth American man to make a Grand Slam semifinal since 2017. He is not one to overlook as he made the fourth round at last year's Wimbledon and the third round of the US Open. The 25-year-old can also brag about top wins over top opponents including Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev.
  • No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was the first player in the men's competition to earn a ticket to the semifinals after defeating Jiri Lehecka 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 on Tuesday. He is taking on Karen Khachanov for a chance to reach the final, and if he wins the whole thing, Tsitsipas could likely rise to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings for the first time.
  • Nadal, last year's Australian Open winner, was looking to defend his title as the No. 1 seed but fell to Mackenzie McDonald in the second round after he aggravated a hip injury during the second set. This was Nadal's earliest exit from a Grand Slam since the 2016 Australian Open. No. 2 seed Casper Ruud was also ousted in the second round as American Jenson Brooksby pulled off a 6-3 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 upset.

The men's competition is missing world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, who pulled out due to a right leg injury he sustained in training. Also missing will be Marin Cilic, a former finalist in Melbourne Park, due to an injury.

On the women's side, the 2022 Australian Open winner Ashleigh Barty will not defend her singles title as she retired from tennis last year. Venus Williams, who was awarded a wild card entry, was getting ready to compete in her 22nd Australian Open but had to pull out due to an injury sustained at the ASB Classic in New Zealand. Naomi Osaka, who made a pregnancy announcement earlier this week, is not competing this month. 

With those stars absent, this year's tournament is very much up for grabs.

  • No. 5 seed Aryna Sabalenka has yet to drop a set in 2023. She has officially reached her first ever Grand Slam final after a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 win over Magda Linette. The 24-year-old has now won 10 matches in a row, including a career-best 20 consecutive sets. Sabalenka will battle reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.
  • Rybakina, the No. 22 seed, has also been solid as she has only dropped one set in the entire competition. The 23-year-old  was responsible for the upset against heavy favorite World No.1 Iga Swiatek in the fourth round. Rybakina earned her ticket to the final after taking down two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka with a 7-6, 6-3 result in an hour and 41 minutes.
  • No. 3 seed Jessica Pegula fell to No. 24 seed Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinal round. Azarenka won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, but she has not been back to the semifinals since.
  • World No. 2 Ons Jabeur fell to Marketa Vondrousova in a second-round stunner. In a written statement to the media, Jabeur said she was having trouble breathing during the match. No. 7 seed Coco Gauff came in hot as she kicked off the year with a dominant win in the ASB Classic. She made a decent run in the Australian Open but lost in the fourth round to Jelena Ostapenko.

Here is all you need to know about the 2023 Australian Open:

How to Watch the 2023 Australian Open

  • Dates: Jan. 16-29
  • Where: Melbourne Park, Australia
  • Watch: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN+
  • Stream: fuboTV (try for free)

(All times eastern)

Women's final 

  • No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka vs. No. 22 Elena Rybakina, Saturday 3:30 a.m.

Women's semifinal matches

  • No. 22 Elena Rybakina def. No. 24 Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 
  • No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka def. Magda Linette 7-6 (7-1), 6-2

Men's semifinal matches

  • No. 4 Novak Djokovic vs. Tommy Paul, Thursday 10:30 p.m.
  • No. 3 Stefano Tsitsipas vs. No. 18 Karen Khachanov, Thursday 10:30 p.m.

Men's Seeding

  1. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
  2. Casper Ruud (NOR)
  3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
  4. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  5. Andrey Rublev (N/A)
  6. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
  7. Daniil Medvedev (N/A)
  8. Taylor Fritz (USA)
  9. Holger Rune (DEN)
  10. Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
  11. Cameron Norrie (GBR)
  12. Alexander Zverev (GER)
  13. Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
  14. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
  15. Jannik Sinner (ITA)
  16. Frances Tiafoe (USA)
  17. Marin Cilic (CRO)
  18. Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)
  19. Karen Khachanov (N/A)
  20. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
  21. Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
  22. Borna Coric (CRO)
  23. Alex de Minaur (AUS)
  24. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
  25. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
  26. Daniel Evans (GBR)
  27. Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
  28. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
  29. Francisco Cerundolo (ARG)
  30. Sebastian Korda (USA)
  31. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
  32. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)

Women's Seeding

  1. Iga Swiatek (POL)
  2. Ons Jabeur (TUN)
  3. Jessica Pegula (USA)
  4. Caroline Garcia (FRA)
  5. Aryna Sabalenka (N/A)
  6. Maria Sakkari (GRE)
  7. Coco Gauff (USA)
  8. Daria Kasatkina (N/A)
  9. Veronika Kudermetova (N/A)
  10. Madison Keys (USA)
  11. Paula Badosa (ESP)
  12. Belinda Bencic (SUI)
  13. Danielle Collins (USA)
  14. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)
  15. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  16. Anett Kontaveit (EST)
  17. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
  18. Liudmila Samsonova (N/A)
  19. Ekaterina Alexandrova (N/A)
  20. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)
  21. Martina Trevisan (ITA)
  22. Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
  23. Shuai Zhang (CHN)
  24. Victoria Azarenka (N/A)
  25. Marie Bouzkova (CZE)
  26. Elise Mertens (BEL)
  27. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM)
  28. Amanda Anisimova (USA)
  29. Qinwen Zheng (CHN)
  30. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  31. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
  32. Jil Teichmann (SUI)