Hives advances to semi-final of Australian Open wildcard playoff

Hives advances to the semi-final after thrashing McPhee, who is ranked 359 in the world, 6-2, 6-0.

The match was scheduled to be played on Thursday, before wet weather saw it delayed until Friday.

Even Friday was met with showers, but once the girls got out on-court, Hives wasted no time getting back into the change rooms.

Hives will take on Astra Sharma on Saturday after the young gun caused an upset in her quarter-final.

Sharma defeated Arina Rodionova 6-1, 6-1.

Rodionova was the number one seed in the tournament, the former Australian Open quarter-finalist was widely expected to make her way through to the Australian Open main draw.

But it was 23-year-old Sharma that enjoyed victory in under an hour.

In the other semi-final, Kimberly Birrell will take on Ellen Perez.

The Courier, December 14, 2018 | Daniel Short

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