.@SerenaWilliams races through the opening set vs Gibbs 6-1! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/MVkifIDyJX
— WTA (@WTA) January 21, 2017
Predicted Winners in BOLD
ROD LAVER ARENA
 Serena Williams(USA) vs  Barbora Strycova (CZE) – Serena has looked quite sharp. I think she will end a solid run by Strycova in 2 semi-close sets.
 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs  Daria Gavrilova (AUS) – Pliskova needed 10-8 in the 3rd to win last round after posting 2 dominating victories. Gavrilova will have a partisan crowd behind her. If Pliskova doesn’t raise her level of play, she will lose. I expect her to raise her level though.
MARGARET COURT ARENA
 Johanna Konta (GBR) vs  Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) – Makarova is one of my favorite players, and I could certainly see her winning this match. However, Konta has played quite well through 3 rounds so I lean toward her.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [Q] Jennifer Brady (USA) – MLB could be headed for her first major semi since the 1999 Wimbledon championships.