Marc Polmans and Olivia Gadecki teamed up to defeat fellow Australians Jason Kubler and Maddison Inglis to claim a semifinal spot in the mixed doubles at the Australian Open.
The first time pairing won convincingly 6-3, 6-2.
The match started with the first three service games going to the deciding point before Inglis held comfortably.
After more service holds it was eventually Inglis that was broken to see Polmans serving for the first set at 5-3.
Inglis and Kubler decided to switch the service order in the second set with Inglis serving the opening game. That plan backfired as Inglis was broken to give Polmans and Gadecki the early advantage.
Kubler wasn’t able to hold his serve and the match was racing away from him and Inglis.
Gadecki held serve for a 4-0 lead. Inglis finally held for 1-4 before Polmans held to love to have the match well under control with Gadecki.
Kubler held to love before making Gadecki have to serve out the match. The Queenslander did without a problem to seal a spot in the semifinals.
For Polmans it is his second experience at that level after reaching the mixed doubles semis with Storm Sanders in 2021. Polmans also was a doubles semifinalist back in 2017.
Polmans and Gadecki hadn’t met before this tournament although they were both recently in Canberra for the Canberra International before Gadecki was drafted into the United Cup.
“It was a lot of fun tonight,” Polmans said. “Jason and Maddy are really good friends of ours, so congratulations to them on a great week. We’re really happy we could share the court with them tonight.”
“I can’t even put it into words to be honest,” Gadecki said of their success. “I’m really excited to be into the semifinals with Marc. We’re playing really well and looking forward to our next match.”
Doubles world no. 34 Luisa Stefani and world no.29 Rafael Matos, both from Brazil, await in the semifinals.