We’re down to the final four in Melbourne, and the first Australian Open women’s semi sees second seed Caroline Wozniacki take on Belgian bolter Elise Mertens.

History: Played 1: Wozniacki 1 V Mertens 0.

Last meeting: July 30, 2017 (Swedish Open – SF): Wozniacki d Mertens 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

Final Thoughts: The only unseeded player to make it through to the women’s semis, world No.35 Elise Mertens has come of age at this Australian Open.

The 22-year-old Belgian had never previous made it past the third round of a major before, but her charge through the early rounds included a straight-sets win over Aussie 23rd seed Daria Gavrilova, while she swept aside Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 in the quarters. She is yet to drop a set at the tournament, showing the form that has carried her to consecutive Hobart International titles in 2017-18.

World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki has been solid throughout this campaign; after being pushed to three sets by Jana Fett in the second round, she easily accounted for seeded players Kiki Bertens and Magdalena Rybarikova, before downing Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 7-6, 6-2 in the quarters.

This is Wozniacki’s seventh grand slam semi appearance – having previously reached this stage in Melbourne in 2011 and the US Open five times, winning only two – and this is as good an opportunity as 27-year-old Dane will get to break through for her maiden major title.

Wozniacki’s big-match experience gives her an edge, but everything Mertens has produced over the last week and a half suggests she’ll push her more illustrious opponent all the way, as she did when the pair met for the first time in the Swedish Open semis six months ago.

Tip: Total Sets – 3 Sets @ $2.50