Aus Open: Key battles to watch out for

Serena Williams is the hot favourite to win this year's Australian Open   -  AP

Serena Williams v Agnieszka Radwanska

Serena Williams will fancy her chances of making it to yet another Australian Open final when she take on Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals. Williams have won all eight encounters against her opponent but the Polish player is renowned for her defence and is bound to put up a great fight.

Match time – (Not before) 8 AM IST

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer

In what will be their 45th meeting, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will resume their long-standing rivalry in the Australian Open semi-final on Thursday. Both have won 22 matches apiece with Djokovic winning their last encounter at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Match time - 2 PM IST

Angelique Kerber v Johanna Konta

The two surprise semifinalists of the tournament will meet for the first time on Thursday to play for a spot in the Australian Open final.

No. 7-seed Kerber advanced after upsetting Victoria Azarenka 6–3, 7–5 to earn her first career win over the Belarusian and Konta earned her spot in the semifinal match with a win over Chinese qualifier Shuai Zhang.

Match time - (Not before) 8 AM IST

Sania Mirza/Ivan Dodig vs Martina Hingis/Leander Paes

The top-seeded women's doubles pair will battle each other in this interesting mixed doubles quarter-finals encounter. Mirza and Dodig are the top seeds but the combined experience of Hingis and Paes should make this an even match.

Match time - (Not before) 10 30 AM IST