Dominic Thiem scrapes through to last eight in Sydney

Dominic Thiem scrapes through to last eight in Sydney”

Troicki had been scheduled to face No. 5 Philipp Kohlschreiber in another quarter-final match, but the German withdrew with a back injury, handing the third-seeded Troicki a walkover. She won her first title in Stanford last summer and then lost to Radwanska in Beijing in October.

Bouchard held serve in the opening game of the match but throughout a contest which lasted just under 69 minutes, she seemed powerless to prevent Konta in all areas of the court.

Bouchard is likely to face world No.5 Dominika Cibulkova in the second round on Tuesday, joining top seeds Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska after their round-one byes.

Of meeting the crafty Pole Konta said: 'She has been one of the best players for a long as I can remember. "I'm looking forward to the challenge".

Statistically the best win of Evans' career came in the quarter-finals against world number eight Dominic Thiem.

The 25-year-old thrashed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, 6-2, 6-2, in Thursday's second semifinal to set up a title clash with Agnieszka Radwanska.

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Austrian Thiem became frustrated by Evans' impressive defence and made a slew of unforced errors in the third set. You know that it's the same for both players, so I was just trying to mentally just try and keep cool.

"But sometimes after getting a lot of hate, which of course I do, it is a little bit motivating for sure to try and prove people wrong and try to prove to myself and everyone that I can do it". I will be ready for that and try and play some good tennis.

Evans will be bidding to reach his first ATP Tour final.

In men's play, Gilles Muller beat second-seeded Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (5), 6-4 to advance to the semifinals against two-time defending champion Viktor Troicki. "I think that's always a special thing, even if you only lived in a place for a couple of years", she said.

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

"I barely got through the last one. I think I'd be more happy with that than ending his winning streak".

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